McCoy Tyner: Land Of Giants (2003)
Add to this McCoy Tyner’s new release, Land of Giants. Joined by Bobby Hutcherson on vibes, Charnett Moffett on bass, and Eric Harland on drums, Tyner expands the jazz vernacular by adding seven new original compositionsplus the Tyneresque "If I Were A Bell" and "In A Mellowtone." What makes this recording special is the perfect empathy between Tyner and Hutcherson, who continually pick up where the other has left off, their respective ringing tones and sustains blending into one another. Tyner’s compositional style, particularly on the opener, "Serra Do Mar," resembles early Brubeck, weaving a swinging 4/4 feel throughout a more complex time. Charnett Moffett nails this trend down throughout the recording.
Land of Giants is indeed what its title suggests. It finds all the principals at the top of their game. McCoy Tyner has consistently been a provocative musician, beforeand, fortunately, after John Coltrane. This straight-ahead recording shines bright with the holy trinity of jazz—Swing, Swing, Swing.
Track Listing: Serra Do Mar; December; Steppin
Personnel: McCoy Tyner
Record Label: Telarc Records