McCoy Tyner: Jazz Roots
Tyner, who is entering his 5th decade as a performer runs the table with this tribute album. There are lovely, sentimental, romantic ballads like "Sweet and Lovely" and "My Foolish Heart", jagged edged pieces like Monk's "Pannonica", bop with "A Night in Tunisia", swing with "Lullaby of Birdland" and Ellington with "Don't Get Around Much Anymore". An outstanding track on an album filled with outstanding tracks is his tribute to Hines "Blues for Fatha". It's classic Hines, with those dazzling runs, with refinements added by Tyner. An unbeatable combination. As befits a performer of Tyner's caliber, it's all done with consummate skill, sensitivity to the music and unparalleled improvisational art. There is little that one can write about a personage like Tyner that hasn't already been written many, many times before. Suffice it to say that Jazz Roots is another memorable and special performance by a Hall of Fame jazz pianist and is highly recommended. Visit the Jazz Resource Center at www.jazzcenter.org for an interesting discussion of Tyner's life and music.
Track Listing: A Night in Tunisia; Pannonica; My Foolish Heart; Don't Get Around Much Anymore; Blues for Fatha; Sweet and Lovely; Lullaby of Birdland; You Taught My Heart to Sing; Happy Days; Rio; Summertime; St. Louis Blues; Ain't Misbehavin'; Misty
Personnel: McCoy Tyner - Piano
Record Label: Telarc Records