Known as the pioneer guitarist merging jazz, rock, free-form improvisations, and Eastern influences, Larry Coryell brings his eclectic style back to the Shalin Liu Performance Center this March. Described by critic Whitney Balliett as ‘the most innovative and original guitarist since Charlie Christian,’ Coryell’s career spans four decades, over 60 albums (dozens more as a sideman), and performances with some of music’s heavy-weights like Eric Clapton, John Scofield, Elvin Jones, and Chick Corea, to name a few.
Also a consummate composer, he tells Rockport Music, ‘I write music because I can’t help it. I think perhaps I want to complement all the great compositions already out there’Wayne Shorter and Sonny Rollins come to mind, and of course, Monk!’ Coryell’s personal philosophy of music has kept his playing fresh and exciting, and makes each of his personal appearances a special event.
”Coryell played poetically, switching between unhurried, unmetered passages and a subtly swaying backbeat. Before long, however, the guitarist was throwing off fleet runs and venturing far afield harmonically, onceagain swept up in the exuberance of the moment.’
– Chicago Tribune
Tickets: $34, $28, $19