As a child, Larry Coryell took an early interest in jazz. He tried his hand at a handful of instruments before electing the guitar. For guidance, he turned to the records of guitarists Barney Kessel, Tal Farlow and Johnny Smith. In his early 20s, Coryell opted out of college to pursue a musical career in New York. After a successful stint in Gary Burton's quartet in 1967-68, he released a string of solo albums. Then, in 1973, he put together jazz-rock outfit Eleventh House. Coryell changed directions in 1975, unplugging his guitar and focusing on a series of duo and trio dates. Since then, the musician has been busy tackling all sorts of projects and collaborating with top notch musicians such as Philip Catherine, Steve Kahn and Kenny Barron.