250

McCoy Tyner: Jazz Roots

By

Sign in to view read count
Perhaps Jazz Roots can be dubbed McCoy Tyner's "thank you" album as the great pianist pays homage to those masters of the keyboard, both those who preceded him and his contemporaries, like Fats Waller, Bud Powell, Art Tatum, Erroll Garner and Earl "Fatha" Hines. Tyner also recognizes individuals who composed the great music which allowed accomplished artists like himself to show off their considerable skills to the best advantage. There are tunes here by Duke Ellington (of course), Thelonious Monk, George Shearing, W.C. Handy, Erroll Garner, as well as some of Tyner's own material. In fact, his "Happy Days", which he dedicates to Keith Jarrett, is a most attractive cut with its exuberance, strong harmonies and Tyner obvious delight with his composition.

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 | Style: Straight-ahead/Mainstream


Shop

More Articles

Read Fellowship CD/LP/Track Review Fellowship
by Dan Bilawsky
Published: February 22, 2017
Read E.S.T. Symphony CD/LP/Track Review E.S.T. Symphony
by Karl Ackermann
Published: February 22, 2017
Read June CD/LP/Track Review June
by Dan McClenaghan
Published: February 22, 2017
Read The Invariant CD/LP/Track Review The Invariant
by Mark Sullivan
Published: February 22, 2017
Read Akua's Dance CD/LP/Track Review Akua's Dance
by Dan Bilawsky
Published: February 21, 2017
Read Daylight Ghosts CD/LP/Track Review Daylight Ghosts
by Mark Sullivan
Published: February 21, 2017
Read "Lost Signals" CD/LP/Track Review Lost Signals
by Mark Corroto
Published: July 25, 2016
Read "Collage" CD/LP/Track Review Collage
by James Nadal
Published: March 2, 2016
Read "How to Build a City" CD/LP/Track Review How to Build a City
by Jim Olin
Published: January 1, 2017
Read "Work" CD/LP/Track Review Work
by Mark Corroto
Published: March 13, 2016
Read "Meets Batida" CD/LP/Track Review Meets Batida
by James Nadal
Published: March 15, 2016
Read "Countdown" CD/LP/Track Review Countdown
by Doug Collette
Published: September 17, 2016

Post a comment

comments powered by Disqus

Sponsor: ECM Records | BUY NOW  

Support our sponsor

Support All About Jazz's Future

We need your help and we have a deal. Contribute $20 and we'll hide the six Google ads that appear on every page for a full year!

Buy it!