Acoustic Jazz in the 70’s - McCoy Tyner, Woody Shaw, Sonny Rollins, VSOP, Scott Hamilton (1972 - 1978)

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Jazz-rock fusion was a powerful force in the music in the early seventies, but noticeably began to run out of steam mid-decade. European influences began to gain traction as the decade progressed as represented by the rise of ECM. American acoustic jazz musicians, who seemed to be taken for granted, continued to produce fine music and garnered renewed interest as the decade ended. In this hour we will listen to representative 1970s acoustic jazz from McCoy Tyner, Woody Shaw and Sonny Rollins followed by two 1977 releases that forecasted the robust return of mainstream jazz as the decade ended—Scott Hamilton's debut and Herbie Hancock's VSOP, a Miles Davis Quintet reunion of sorts.


  • Host Intro 0:00
  • McCoy Tyner Quartet "Rebirth" from Sahara (Milestone) 3:10
  • McCoy Tyner Nonet "Sama Layuca" from Sama Layuca (Milestone) 8:26
  • Host speaks 17:01
  • Woody Shaw Sextet "Goat & the Archer" from Song of Songs (Contemporary) 20:11
  • Woody Shaw Sextet "The Moontrane" from The Moontrane (Muse) 27:40
  • Host speaks 34:32
  • Sonny Rollins Quintet "Autumn Nocturne" from Don't Stop the Carnival (Milestone) 36:37
  • Host speaks 43:10
  • Herbie Hancock Quintet "Nefertiti" from V.S.O.P. (Columbia) 46:35
  • Host speaks 51:35
  • Scott Hamilton Quintet "That's All" from Scott Hamilton Is a Good Wind Who Is Blowing Us No Ill (Concord) 52:56
  • Host Outro 56:40

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