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Larry Coryell was such a distinguished and distinctive guitarist to call him underrated seems ludicrous.

But scrolling through about a dozen “best jazz guitarist” lists, I found the same legendary names over and over: Wes Montgomery, Joe Pass, Jim Hall, Pat Metheny, Kenny Burrell, Pat Martino, Charlie Christian, Grant Green, Bill Frisell, John Scofield, John McLaughlin and so on.

Perhaps his omission is because he directed his jazz fusion further toward rock ‘n’ roll than others, or perhaps because his style reflected a broad base of study with detours into blues, country, classical and other forms over a prolific recording career. But Coryell, who died Sunday at 73, belongs in such venerable company.

 His connection to Texas is thin. He’s a Galveston native, born there  in 1943. But Coryell’s family headed to the northwest and he was raised in Seattle. By 1965 he was in New York, and soon after working with the great drummer and bandleader Chico Hamilton. In 1968 he began recording as a leader and a year later issued “Coryell” and “Lady Coryell.” Both testify to a formidable rising talent.

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