479

McCoy Tyner: McCoy Tyner Quartet

Mark Corroto By

Sign in to view read count
McCoy Tyner: McCoy Tyner Quartet From the first few notes you know you're going to love this live recording by McCoy Tyner. With a bass line borrowed from John Coltrane's "A Love Supreme (Impulse!, 1964), the quartet doesn't exactly mimic the Coltrane era as much as take inspiration from its legacy. And of course that legacy included Tyner some forty years ago as he, Elvin Jones and Jimmy Garrison were the rhythm section for the most creative jazz artist ever to advance this music.



While Coltrane left this planet in 1967, McCoy Tyner has maintained his expansive presence. The expressions of "a ringing sound" and "lively keyboard" have never been overstated as a description of Tyner's playing. He commands the 88s with total control.



Joining him is the current tenor saxophone king, Joe Lovano. Fully versed in the Coltrane legacy, he is a marvelous counter to Tyner's energy. Likewise, the muscular drummer Jeff "Tain" Watts and the groove master Christian McBride don't back down from the full throttle music-making heard here.

The crowd at Yoshi's in Oakland, California, in December 2006, show their appreciation for the music. When the band isn't in full flight they can be quite charming, as on the gentle ballad "Search For Peace," that features Lovano's graceful tones. But even when Tyner is playing behind another musician, he makes his presence felt. The quartet takes great pleasure in covering Tyner's "Blues on the Corner," from his 1967 Blue Note album The Real McCoy. The bucket spins a few greasy guts and the blues is on full display.



The disc ends with Tyner's solo take on the classic "For All We Know," rife with his deep ebullience and exhilaration. He certainly rings ever drop of energy out of his piano and his band mates.


Track Listing: Walk Spirit, Talk Spirit; Mellow Minor; Sama Layuca; Passion Dance; Search For Peace; Blues On The Corner; For All We Know.

Personnel: McCoy Tyner: piano; Joe Lovano: tenor saxophone; Christian McBride: bass; Jeff "Tain" Watts: drums.

Year Released: 2007 | Record Label: Half Note Records | Style: Straight-ahead/Mainstream


Shop

More Articles

Read The Angel and the Brute Sing Songs of Rapture CD/LP/Track Review The Angel and the Brute Sing Songs of Rapture
by Karl Ackermann
Published: February 25, 2017
Read Coldest Second Yesterday CD/LP/Track Review Coldest Second Yesterday
by John Sharpe
Published: February 25, 2017
Read Follow Your Heart CD/LP/Track Review Follow Your Heart
by Mark Corroto
Published: February 25, 2017
Read The Sound of Surprise: Live at the Side Door CD/LP/Track Review The Sound of Surprise: Live at the Side Door
by Edward Blanco
Published: February 25, 2017
Read Chicago II CD/LP/Track Review Chicago II
by Doug Collette
Published: February 25, 2017
Read Over the Rainbow CD/LP/Track Review Over the Rainbow
by Paul Rauch
Published: February 24, 2017
Read "Sureste" CD/LP/Track Review Sureste
by Sacha O'Grady
Published: October 2, 2016
Read "Find Your Wings" CD/LP/Track Review Find Your Wings
by Jim Trageser
Published: November 5, 2016
Read "Vitamina D" CD/LP/Track Review Vitamina D
by Budd Kopman
Published: December 28, 2016
Read "The Rhythm Method" CD/LP/Track Review The Rhythm Method
by Dan McClenaghan
Published: January 14, 2017
Read "Sektion 1-2" CD/LP/Track Review Sektion 1-2
by Mark Corroto
Published: December 21, 2016
Read "Dark Was the Night, Cold Was the Ground" CD/LP/Track Review Dark Was the Night, Cold Was the Ground
by James Nadal
Published: April 8, 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!