2 April 1943, Galveston, Texas, USA. Coryell grew up in the state of Washington. He first worked as a guitarist in 1958 when he formed a rock n roll band with keyboard player Michael Mandel. In 1965 he relocated to New York and joined Chico Hamiltons band, overlapping with the legendary guitarist Gabor Szabo, whom he eventually replaced. In 1966 he formed Free Spirits with American Indian tenor player Jim Pepper. He toured with Gary Burton (1967-68) and played on Herbie Manns 1968 session, Memphis Underground. Coryell was impressed with the exploits of Jimi Hendrix and Eric Clapton with Cream, and his performance on Michael Mantlers Jazz Composers Orchestra project in 1968 was scarifying electric guitar at its best. Coryells early solo albums featured strong support from Elvin Jones and Jimmy Garrison (Lady Coryell), and John McLaughlin and Billy Cobham (Spaces). Fairyland, recorded live at Montreux in 1971 with soul veterans...
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