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 national stage.

1Kachin06:57Curtis FullerImagination
2Killer Joe04:58Art Farmer and Benny GolsonMeet the Jazztet
3Be Back Ta Reck-la07:13Curtis FullerImages Of
4Open Sesame07:13Freddie HubbardOpen Sesame
5Every Time We Say Goodbye06:36John Coltrane QuartetLive at the Jazz Gallery, 1960
6Excursion05:33Julian PriesterSpiristville
7One and Four (aka Mr. Day)007:35John ColtraneLike Sonny
8Exotica04:26John ColtraneThe Best of Birdland, Vol. 1
9Village Blues05:33John ColtraneColtrane Jazz
10Summertime11:36John ColtraneMy Favorite Things


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