"Godfather of Fusion" guitarist Larry Coryell dead

"As one of the first guitarists of his generation, he mixed rock and jazz elements into a new sound at the end of the sixties: Larry Coryell, the "Godfather of Fusion", has died at the age of 73. [...] Larry Coryell - although not as well known as his contemporaries and fellow guitarists John McLaughlin or Pat Metheny - is considered the godfather of this style of playing, which is currently being rediscovered by post hip-hop artists such as Flying Lotus, and he was called the "Godfather of Fusion". Especially his first two albums "Coryell" and "Spaces" (both released on Vanguard in 1969) are regarded today as groundbreaking milestones of the genre, on the latter of which later genre greats such as McLaughlin, Chick Corea and Billy Cobham played. In the early seventies, Coryell founded the fusion supergroup The Eleventh House together with his good friend, keyboardist Mike Mandel, trumpeter Randy Brecker, bassist Danny Trifan and drummer Alphonse Mouzon, but they only stayed together for three years. Coryell also played with Miles Davis and Chet Baker in the course of his long career. Coryell released more than 60 solo albums, the last of which, "Barefoot Man: Sanpaku", was released in October 2016. The guitar virtuoso toured tirelessly with his music, and last weekend he played two shows at the Iridium Jazz Club in New York. On Monday night, Larry Coryell passed away in his sleep in his hotel room. He is survived by his wife Tracey, four children and six grandchildren." Der Spiegel, photo: Gijsbert Hanekroot/Redferns