We’re sad to report that legendary fusion guitarist Larry Coryell has passed away in an NYC hotel room at the age of 73. Coryell had a remarkable impact on jazz music, such that he was known as the “Godfather Of Fusion” for his longstanding work in the field. More than 50 years after his first recordings, Coryell was still very active, and had plans to tour this summer with his band, The Eleventh House.Coryell adeptly predicted the rise of jazz fusion music in the 1960’s, contributing to the rise of the groovy genre before many others would catch up. His work brought jazz in the public eye, merging it with all sorts of influences to great effect. In turn, countless guitarists cite Coryell as an influence, and he was even sampled by progressive hip hop artists like J Dilla and DJ Shadow.Renowned fusion guitarist John Scofield penned the following tribute to both Coryell and Clyde Stubblefield, who passed away over the weekend as well:To get a glimpse into Coryell’s style, we present to you the album Spaces, which features the guitarist paired with Chick Corea, John McLaughlin, Miroslav Vitouš and Billy Cobham.Rest in peace, Godfather of Fusion.
TRINIDAD and Tobago’s Brian Lewis has been nominated unopposed to the post of Caribbean Association of National Olympic Committees (CANOC) chairman.Lewis, who also serves as head of the Trinidad and Tobago Olympic Committee (TTOC) will complete the term of Barbados’ Steve Stoute who resigned from the position in October of last year.Lewis had served as interim chairman pending ratification of the position at Saturday’s CANOC Extraordinary General Meeting in Barranquilla, Columbia on Saturday.The twin-island republic official was voted in unopposed following the withdrawal of the Dominican Republic’s José Joaquín Puello, who claimed he had submitted an application for the role by mistake. In accepting the nomination Lewis said the organization was ready to serve the region through sport.“I look forward to continuing to work with my colleagues to create a sustainable future for the Caribbean Olympic Movement,” Lewis told insidethegames.“It is an honour to be entrusted with the role.As Olympic leaders, we in the Caribbean can make a positive difference.We are determined to better serve Caribbean Olympic athletes and the youth and young people of the region through sport and Olympism.For all the challenges we face, it is an exciting time of great opportunity. In unity is our strength. Our strength is our unity.” Lewis said.
During a recent visit to the corporate head office of Banks DIH Limited, Russian Ambassador to Guyana, Alexander Kurmaz and the beverage company’s Chairman and Managing Director, Clifford Reis were engaged in fruitful discussions as they officially met for the first time.From right: Banks Chairman and Managing Director Clifford Reis in discussion with Ambassador Alexander Kurmaz in the Rotunda at Thirst Park as Mrs Kurmaz looks onThe Russian delegation comprised the Ambassador’s wife and third secretary of the Embassy of the Russian Federation, Dmitry Kornilov.Opportunities of mutual benefit were among some of the topics discussed, during a simple lunch attended by the company’s Operations Director Michael Pereira, Human Resources Director Andrew Carto and Engineering Services Director Shabir Hussain.Ambassador Kurmaz was also taken on a guided tour of the company’s rum factory and soft drink plant by the executives.