Guitar legend Larry Coryell's story is one of inspiration as much as improvisation: from jamming with rock gods Jimi Hendrix and Eric Clapton to working with jazz idols Miles Davis, Sonny Rollins, and Charles Mingus, he has held a unique place in the history of music.
Improvising takes an unflinching and charismatic look at his wild world, from his days scuffling on the jazz scene in New York City to his role as a pioneer of jazz fusion. Coryell holds nothing back in telling his tale -- from the drug scene he finally overcame to the giants he performed with, he never fails to capture the madness and love that it takes to stay in the business and make it. Along the way he details the developments of his own style and takes a frank look at the high and low points of jazz over the last forty years.
Improvising includes an exclusive audio CD with audio lessons created especially for this book. Also featured is a special section of Coryell's columns for Guitar Player magazine, making Improvising not only an essential book of music history but a must-read for guitar players of every level.
(Book). Jazz guitar legend Larry Coryell takes an unflinching look at his life and career, recounting his musical journey from his scuffling early days in New York City and his pioneering role in the jazz fusion movement to his current status as a world ambassador of jazz. Coryell reveals his own involvement in and eventual victory over the drug scene, and he gives his take on the musical giants he has known and performed with. Along the way, he details the development of his own style and provides inspirational words for fellow musicians. A special section presents a selection of Coryell's beloved Guitar Player magazine columns. Includes CD with audio lessons and original compositions recorded specifically for this book.