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LIVE REVIEWS

McCoy Tyner Tribute at SFJAZZ

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McCoy Tyner Tribute Symphony Hall SFJAZZ San Francisco, CA June 19, 2016 At 8:05 PM on a Sunday evening, the lights dimmed and a master of the jazz piano took the stage at Symphony Hall in San Francisco, California. A standing ovation greeted the 77-year-old who, after seating himself at the 88s, launched into a ten-minute solo which conjured up pyramids of sound, brought up wave after wave of percussive sound, raising ...

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McCoy Tyner

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Some jazz fans only have a partial acquaintance with McCoy Tyner, that being that “he was Coltrane's pianist." Indeed, it is fairly common to know McCoy Tyner only through his stellar contributions as a sideman in the 1960s, not only with Coltrane but also with Wayne Shorter, Bobby Hutcherson and Joe Henderson. Along with 'Trane, these are simply the records that everybody has heard McCoy play on. Suffice it to say that McCoy's career doesn't end there and ...

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McCoy Tyner with Geri Allen and Kenny Barron at SFJAZZ

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McCoy Tyner with Geri Allen and Kenny Barron SFJAZZ San Francisco, CA January 18, 2015 Three of the jazz world's best known pianists recently came together at SFJAZZ in jny: San Francisco, California for a memorable triptych of styles. Heading the bill was piano patriarch McCoy Tyner. Now 76, Tyner initially made his mark as a pianist in the John Coltrane Quartet before moving on to compose as well as to front his own ensembles. ...

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Freihofer's Saratoga Jazz Festival, Saratoga Springs, NY, June 29-30, 2013

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Saratoga Performing Arts CenterFreihofer's Saratoga Jazz FestivalSaratoga Springs, NYJune 29-30, 2013 Fiery music that burned with intensity, eclectic compositions that shifted in time signature and tempo, sweet melodies and down-home dirty blues--all were heard at this year's Freihofer's Saratoga Jazz Festival in upstate New York, an event that is among the finest of its kind. It's a true outdoor festival where the musicians come to the audience within a venue that is gorgeous and relaxing. ...

CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

McCoy Tyner Trio: Inception

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Though two tracks from October 1960 were previously issued under McCoy Tyner's name, they were outtakes from John Coltrane dates where the saxophonist sat out. Inception marks the pianist's first proper release as bandleader, with the sessions for Impulse! taking place at Rudy Van Gelder's studio on January 10 and 11, 1962. Of the set's six tracks, four are Tyner compositions, with “Effendi" becoming something of a modern jazz standard and embraced, most notably, by pianist Ahmad Jamal.

CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

McCoy Tyner: McCoy Tyner: Extensions

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Languishing off-catalogue for many years, McCoy Tyner's Extensions may be the pianist's most unjustly neglected album. Strange days, for not only is the music ineffably vibrant, but Extensions is the only recording ever to feature Tyner alongside pianist and harpist Alice Coltrane, who replaced him in saxophonist John Coltrane's group in 1966. The album has one foot in the echoes of John Coltrane's “classic quartet," of which Tyner was a member from 1960-65, and the other in the astral jazz ...

MIXED TAPE

McCoy Tyner: Vol. Three 1961

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Vol. One, 1959-60 | Vol. Two, 1960-61 | Vol. Three, 1961 This music was recorded over a six month span but illustrates the breakneck speed with which the bleeding edge of jazz was transforming. In late May and early June 1961, McCoy Tyner was part of the John Coltrane group that recorded the ground-breaking Impulse! album Africa/Brass. By early November, the month that record was released, the core group of Coltrane, Tyner, Elvin Jones, Reggie Workman and notably, ...

MIXED TAPE

McCoy Tyner: Vol. Two, 1960-61

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Vol. One, 1959-60 | Vol. Two, 1960-61 The jazz world ushered in the 1960s with a fury of innovative change. A bold avant-garde stretched the form while also making accessible and engaging records. Across just nine months in one corner of that world,pianist McCoy Tyner played on a variety of sessions that together serve as a concise illustration of the ground bop was ceding to modality, melody and more. He began his tenure and apprenticeship with saxophonist ...


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