The Eleventh House

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The Eleventh House
Origin New York City, New York, U.S.
Genres Jazz fusion, jazz-funk
Years active 1973–1976
2015–2017
Labels Vanguard, Arista
429 Records
Past members Larry Coryell
Randy Brecker
Mike Mandel
Danny Trifan
John Lee
Alphonse Mouzon
Michael Lawrence
Terumasa Hino
Gerry Brown
Murali Coryell

The Eleventh House was an important jazz fusion group of the 1970s, led by the guitarist Larry Coryell.[1] The band was formed in 1973 and disbanded in 1976. The Eleventh House, alongside bands such as The Mahavishnu Orchestra, Weather Report and Return to Forever, is considered as one of the pioneering jazz rock bands of the mid-1970s. Charter members of the Band beside Larry Coryell were Randy Brecker trumpet, Mike Mandel (keyboards), Danny Trifan (bass) and Alphonse Mouzon on drums.[1]

The band recorded their first recording entitled Introducing Eleventh House with Larry Coryell in 1973, followed by Live In Montreux and Level One in 1974.[2] A bootleg live recording was also released in 1975 entitled Live in Europe.

In 1974, Brecker was replaced by trumpet player Michael Lawrence and Trifan was replaced by bassist John Lee; after drummer Mouzon left the band in 1975, Gerry Brown replaced him. Their last incarnation in 1976 saw Japanese trumpeter Terumasa Hino replace Lawrence in a more horn-driven funk context. The Aspects album along with the Brecker Brothers as guests was the result of this collaboration.

1977 saw Coryell and Mouzon reunite with a more rock guitar oriented fusion band. Billed as the Coryell/Mouzon Band it also featured John Lee on bass and Philip Catherine on second guitar. They released one notable album entitled Back Together Again on Atlantic Records. They later performed in various rock or jazz capacities with alternating members including bassist Miroslav Vitouš until finally disbanding.

Eleventh House members Coryell, Mouzon, Mandel and Lee recorded a rather commercial recording in 1984 called The Eleventh House.

In 1998, the Eleventh House reunited and toured all over the world until the end of 1999. By then the Eleventh House Reunion Band consisted of Coryell on guitar, Brecker on trumpet, Richard Bona or Jeff Berlin on bass and Mouzon on drums. In 1999 original member John Lee joined the band on some occasions as did Coryell's son, Julian Coryell, on second guitar and either trumpeter Shunzo Ohno or Donald Harrison on saxophone replaced Brecker.

The band reunited in 2015 for some live concerts and recorded a studio album (Seven Secrets) prior to Coryell's death on February 19, 2017.[3]

Discography[edit]

Studio albums[edit]

Live albums[edit]

  • Larry Coryell & The Eleventh House At Montreux (1978)
  • Larry Coryell & The Eleventh House January 1975 (2014)
  • Live At The Jazz Workshop (July 1975) (2015)
  • The Funky Waltz (Jazz Workshop, Boston 1973) (2016)

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Michael G. Nastos. "The Eleventh House - Biography". AllMusic. Retrieved 14 February 2015. 
  2. ^ "The Eleventh House - Discography". AllMusic. Retrieved 14 February 2015. 
  3. ^ "Larry Coryell & The 11th House Seven Secrets". 429records.com. Retrieved 25 March 2017.