254

McCoy Tyner: Fly With The Wind

By

Sign in to view read count
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 as flutist Hubert Laws and harpist Linda Wood.

The highlight of the ensemble, however, and the building block that makes this record so unique is the full string section, which allowed Tyner to stretch out as a composer and arranger. Those looking for a straight-ahead, romantic jazz-plus-strings album should check out Oscar Peterson's In a Sentimental Mood. Tyner's date can definitely be categorized as far out. The thumping title track, along with the lengthy "Salvadore de Samba," create the image of hanging out in the tropical bar aboard a sort of modal Love Boat.

The string arrangements will no doubt sound somewhat dated to some, but they are highly effective on many levels, especially upon repeated listening. Keepnews' liner notes state that the recordings weren't overdubbed via multiple sessions. Instead, he says that the dozen-plus musicians were jammed into one small recording studio for the date. That's as impressive as it is hard to believe when experiencing the sheer scope of the instrumentation on each track.

Along with the aforementioned Tyner-penned numbers, Fly With The Wind contains two more originals from the leader, as well as a highly unconventional reading of the standard "You Stepped Out of a Dream." The only bonuses offered by the reissue are outtakes of two of the Tyner songs: the meditative "Beyond the Sun" and the funky "Rolem."

If you can open your mind to the combination of strings with Tyner's modal sound, Fly With The Wind will no doubt take you on an exciting sonic journey. It's unlike any jazz-plus-strings record you've ever heard and will definitely encourage further investigation of Tyner's bountiful years with the Milestone label.

Track Listing: Fly With The Wind; Salvadore De Samba; Beyond The Sun; You Stepped Out Of A Dream; Rolem; Beyond The Sun [Alternate Take]; Rolem [Alternate Take].

Personnel: McCoy Tyner: piano; Hubert Laws: flute; Billy Cobham: drums; Ron Carter: bass; Orchestra conducted by William Fischer.

Title: Fly With The Wind | Year Released: 2009 | Record Label: Concord Music Group


Tags

comments powered by Disqus

More Articles

Read A Night Walking Through Mirrors CD/LP/Track Review A Night Walking Through Mirrors
by Barry Witherden
Published: September 21, 2017
Read Jondo CD/LP/Track Review Jondo
by Jack Bowers
Published: September 21, 2017
Read Jazz Flute Traditions CD/LP/Track Review Jazz Flute Traditions
by Roger Farbey
Published: September 21, 2017
Read Nerve Dance CD/LP/Track Review Nerve Dance
by John Sharpe
Published: September 21, 2017
Read Déjà Vu CD/LP/Track Review Déjà Vu
by Troy Dostert
Published: September 20, 2017
Read Woody Guthrie - The Tribute Concerts CD/LP/Track Review Woody Guthrie - The Tribute Concerts
by Jakob Baekgaard
Published: September 20, 2017
Read "Piano, Violin, Viola, Cello" CD/LP/Track Review Piano, Violin, Viola, Cello
by John Eyles
Published: July 11, 2017
Read "The Art Pepper Quartet" CD/LP/Track Review The Art Pepper Quartet
by C. Michael Bailey
Published: May 7, 2017
Read "Sureste" CD/LP/Track Review Sureste
by Sacha O'Grady
Published: October 2, 2016
Read "Resonance" CD/LP/Track Review Resonance
by Karl Ackermann
Published: July 23, 2017
Read "Live" CD/LP/Track Review Live
by Bruce Lindsay
Published: April 25, 2017
Read "Karoujite" CD/LP/Track Review Karoujite
by John Eyles
Published: June 21, 2017

Join the staff. Writers Wanted!

Develop a column, write album reviews, cover live shows, or conduct interviews.