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McCoy Tyner Trio: Inception

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Though two tracks from October 1960 were previously issued under McCoy Tyner's name, they were outtakes from John Coltrane dates where the saxophonist sat out. Inception marks the pianist's first proper release as bandleader, with the sessions for Impulse! taking place at Rudy Van Gelder's studio on January 10 and 11, 1962. Of the set's six tracks, four are Tyner compositions, with “Effendi" becoming something of a modern jazz standard and embraced, most notably, by pianist Ahmad Jamal. A trio setting with bassist Art Davis and drummer Elvin Jones, Inception is a strong debut, though not necessarily ...

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McCoy Tyner: McCoy Tyner: Extensions

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Languishing off-catalogue for many years, McCoy Tyner's Extensions may be the pianist's most unjustly neglected album. Strange days, for not only is the music ineffably vibrant, but Extensions is the only recording ever to feature Tyner alongside pianist and harpist Alice Coltrane, who replaced him in saxophonist John Coltrane's group in 1966. The album has one foot in the echoes of John Coltrane's “classic quartet," of which Tyner was a member from 1960-65, and the other in the astral jazz style which Alice Coltrane and saxophonist Pharoah Sanders fashioned in the late 1960s and early 1970s. After ...

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McCoy Tyner: Vol. Three 1961

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Vol. One, 1959-60 | Vol. Two, 1960-61 | Vol. Three, 1961This music was recorded over a six month span but illustrates the breakneck speed with which the bleeding edge of jazz was transforming. In late May and early June 1961, McCoy Tyner was part of the John Coltrane group that recorded the ground-breaking Impulse! album Africa/Brass. By early November, the month that record was released, the core group of Coltrane, Tyner, Elvin Jones, Reggie Workman and notably, Eric Dolphy, were turning the jazz world upside down with the aggressive music they made across four nights at New ...

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McCoy Tyner: Vol. Two, 1960-61

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Vol. One, 1959-60 | Vol. Two, 1960-61 The jazz world ushered in the 1960s with a fury of innovative change. A bold avant-garde stretched the form while also making accessible and engaging records. Across just nine months in one corner of that world,pianist McCoy Tyner played on a variety of sessions that together serve as a concise illustration of the ground bop was ceding to modality, melody and more. He began his tenure and apprenticeship with saxophonist John Coltrane, led his own first sessions and participated in the creation of music whose excitement and ingenuity has yet ...

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Chick Corea, Herbie Hancock, Keith Jarrett, McCoy Tyner: Chick Corea, Herbie Hancock, Keith Jarrett, McCoy Tyner

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Atlantic Records issued this collection 1976, featuring two tracks each from four of the most important pianists in the post-bop era. Excepting one piece, each pianist is represented here in trio format. The Keith Jarrett and Chick Corea offerings are from their own 1966 sessions as leaders. Jarrett contributes two original compositions and is joined by drummer Paul Motian and bassist Charlie Haden in pleasurable but somewhat conservative outings. Corea brings two different lineups: Joe Chambers on drums and Steve Swallow on bass alone for the pianist's own “Tones for Joan's Bone's," while trumpeter ...

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McCoy Tyner: Vol. One, 1959-60

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Vol. One, 1959-60 | Vol. Two, 1960-61 Most biographers rely on one of two creation myths for pianist McCoy Tyner's career: He first emerged from his native Philadelphia as part of saxophonist Benny Golson and trumpeter Art Farmer's Jazztet, or he had been known to, and gigged around town with, saxophonist John Coltrane as early as 1955, when Tyner was all of 17. Each version is true in its own way but neither tells the whole story. Beginning with his first commercial sessions for trombonist Curtis Fuller in 1959, this playlist documents Tyner's earliest work on the ...

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McCoy Tyner Trio with Gary Bartz: New York, NY, September 1, 2011

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McCoy Tyner Trio with Gary BartzBlue NoteNew York, NYSeptember 1, 2011 With all of the thunder and lightning he has summoned for more than fifty years, pianist McCoy Tyner kicked off eight sets over four nights at Manhattan's Blue Note Jazz Club on Thursday, September 1, 2011. This run was unique, compared to Tyner's typical Blue Note residencies, in that it was part of Generations of Jazz, a production of Quincy Jones which provides a promising newcomer with a slot opening for a master of the same instrument. In this case, ...

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McCoy Tyner/Alfredo Rodriguez: Toronto, December 11, 2010

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McCoy Tyner / Alfredo RodriguezKoerner HallToronto, CanadaDecember 11, 2010 As part of the Aspects of Oscar series, featuring top jazz pianists performing in honor of the late Oscar Peterson, this particular evening brought two solo piano performances to Toronto's Koerner Hall: aspiring young Cuban talent, Alfredo Rodriguez, opened the show; while legendary giant, McCoy Tyner, completed the double bill.It's likely that most of the audience attended the show with Tyner in mind. Rodriguez was, perhaps, a discovery for those unfamiliar with this young prodigy, just like the moment when producer Quincy Jones noticed ...

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McCoy Tyner Quartet / Stanley Clarke Quartet Featuring Hiromi

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McCoy Tyner Quarter / Stanley Clarke Band Featuring Hiromi CareFusion Jazz Festival, Central Park Summerstage New York, NY June 23, 2010

Contrary to what had been announced, pianist McCoy Tyner's all-star Quartet took to the stage with a very syncopated number, led by tenor saxophonist Ravi Coltrane. Bassist Esperanza Spalding followed his grooves with clever arpeggios, while drummer Francisco Mela accented his notes with incredible precision. The tune had a bit of a Latin vibe, which got Spalding into a certain comfort zone that allowed her to find her own place and develop ...

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McCoy Tyner: Solo (Live from San Francisco) & Live 2009 (6th Annual Concert Tour: The Works of McCoy Tyner)

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McCoy Tyner Solo: Live From San Francisco Half Note 2009 SFJAZZ Collective Live 2009: 6th Annual Concert Tour SFJAZZ 2009 In the more than four decades since he was a mainstay of the John Coltrane Quartet, McCoy Tyner has enhanced his stature as a bandleader, composer and seminal modern jazz pianist. His muscular, roiling ensembles--from big band to combo to trio--expressed his concepts of musical turbulence, polyphony and counterpoint, all propelled by rhythmic waves ...

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McCoy Tyner Quartet with Joe Lovano at the Kimmel Center

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Kimmel Center for the Performing ArtsVerizon HallPhiladelphia, PAFebruary 19, 2010

Whenever you go to hear McCoy Tyner, it's never a question of how well he's going to play. For half a century, during and after his legendary tenure with the quintessential John Coltrane Quartet that also included Jimmy Garrison and Elvin Jones, Tyner has been consistently delivering his message of strong, unadulterated, straight-ahead playing on countless occasions, whether concerts or recording dates. The question is more about “what's he going to do" in terms of “flavor," whether driving, upbeat sounds, reflective ballads, Latin- or African-tinged ...

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McCoy Tyner: alone and (in spirit) with SFJAZZ Collective

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Usually, the kind of passionate tribute SFJAZZ Collective delivers annually is reserved for artists who are either no longer on the scene, or whose productivity has seriously tanked. However, current honoree McCoy Tyner fits neither of those definitions. The pianist's winter 2009 disc follows the remarkable CD/DVD package Guitars (Half Note, 2008), and is Tyner's third project for his own production entity McCoy Tyner Music. That said, Tyner and the Collective appear side-by-side here; as well as both of them being live dates with Tyner as a common denominator, both projects came about--directly or indirectly--because of the commendable Bay Area ...

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McCoy Tyner: Fly With The Wind

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McCoy Tyner may be best-known for his legendary tenure with John Coltrane's quartet in the early '60s, as well as his recordings as a leader for Blue Note, but budding fans should investigate his formidable output from the subsequent decade. In 1972, Tyner defected to Orrin Keepnews' Milestone label, where he remained through the early '80s. While at Milestone the pianist recorded no less than 20 albums. Recently released as part of the Keepnews Collection is the 1976 date Fly With The Wind, featuring the rhythm section of Ron Carter (bass) and Billy Cobham (drums), as well ...

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McCoy Tyner: Guitars

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"Music is like a mirror of your soul. You just play and let it all happen." McCoy Tyner says this toward the end of his CD/DVD release Guitars, a meeting with a diverse lineup of guitarists for vibrant interpretations of contemporary tunes and classics. Marc Ribot imbues Tyner's “Passion Dance" with a dynamic edginess, delivering relentless, careening octaves and fiery distortion. And as incendiary as Ribot is on “Passion Dance," he's just as cool and blue on “500 Miles." Although not a guitarist, banjo master Bela Fleck is certainly family. Fleck stands tall with his stringed brethren, ...



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