LARRY CORYELL POWER TRIO Thursday, March 19, at the Blues Alley

Jazz-fusion guitarist Larry Coryell has lived a life similar to that of the deceased bebopper Joe Pass. Coryell, like Pass, has always played a fat hollow-body guitar with a honey-drenched sound, even though most fusion players since the 1970s have used Fender and Gibson electric guitars. Pass injected soulful blues melodies into his compositions as bop was moving jazz in an atonal direction, and decades later, Coryell managed to drag the genre out of its funk into ’60s-era rock ’n’ roll, where it stayed for decades until neo-traditionalists took it somewhere else. Like Pass, Coryell was sidelined by drug addiction at the height of his genre’s success, a pitfall that cost him his role in John McLaughlin’s super guitar trio with flamenco legend Paco de Lucia, as well as any chance of commercial success. But also like Pass, Coryell cleaned up and came back to the scene. Though that’s not to say that sobriety has led to sober compositions—Coryell’s stuff is as crazy and weird as ever. THE LARRY CORYELL POWER TRIO PERFORMS AT 8 P.M. AND 10 P.M. AT BLUES ALLEY, 1073 WISCONSIN AVE. NW. $25. (202) 337-4141.

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