When guitarist Larry Coryell first gained national media notice in the mid to late 60's, the term best describing his music was "jazz-rock," which preceded the now-common "fusion." Coryell was there at the start, before John McLaughlin, John Scofield, Pat Metheny, Lee Ritenour, Al DiMeola, Mike and Leni Stern or Bill Frisell. The 73 year old musician had been playing at Iridium in Manhattan when he died unexpectedly February 19 of heart problems.
Jack Bruce's death at 71 from liver disease was not totally unexpected, but his continued activity belied any problems. The legendary, groundbreaking bassist had been in uncertain health for some time. He made history with Eric Clapton and drummer Ginger Baker as part of the blues-based trio Cream, one of the bands who became a foundation Metal music. But Bruce's contributions went far beyond, into blues and jazz fusion as well.