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McCoy Tyner

It is not an overstatement to say that modern jazz has been shaped by the music of McCoy Tyner. His blues-based piano style, replete with sophisticated chords and an explosively percussive left hand has transcended conventional styles to become one of the most identifiable sounds in improvised music. His harmonic contributions and dramatic rhythmic devices form the vocabulary of a majority of jazz pianists. Born in 1938 in Philadelphia, he became a part of the fertile jazz and R&B scene of the early ‘50s. His parents imbued him with a love for music from an early age. His mother encouraged him to explore his musical interests through formal training. At 17 he began a career-changing relationship with Miles Davis’ sideman saxophonist John Coltrane

NEWS: OBITUARY

Prolific Austin composer, first call pianist Rich Harney dies suddenly at 66

Prolific Austin composer, first call pianist Rich Harney dies suddenly at 66

jny: Austin is mourning the loss of one of its finest and most beloved musicians, pianist Rich Harney. Harney passed away on January 5, 2020, just before a Sunday night trio gig at The Elephant Room. Born in Champaign, Illinois, Harney was a prolific composer first inspired by the recordings of Oscar Peterson. Influences include Thelonious ...

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Jazz In Paris

Read "Jazz In Paris" reviewed by Martin McFie

Various VenuesParis, France March 11-15, 2020 jny:Paris is a timeless and beautiful city, uniform in its Hausmann architecture and relaxed in its easy, cool charm. Not all jazz clubs here have the same presentation. These are some of the clubs and the styles of music being presented live in the city. ...

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Video: McCoy Tyner, 1986

Video: McCoy Tyner, 1986

Yesterday, Jimi Mentis sent along a link to a terrific concert video featuring pianist McCoy Tyner with trumpeter Freddie Hubbard, tenor saxophonist Joe Henderson, bassist Avery Sharpe and drummer Louis Hayes. The concert was recorded at the Jazz Ost-West Festival in Nürmberg, Germany, in 1986. The songs were Birdlike, Just Feeling, As Me Now, Caravan and ...

NEWS: OBITUARY

McCoy Tyner (1938-2020)

McCoy Tyner (1938-2020)

McCoy Tyner, whose hypnotically churning and thunderous piano behind John Coltrane's saxophone in the 1960s, starting with My Favorite Things in 1961, altered the evolution of the jazz keyboard, died on March 6. He was 81. Tyner's stampede-like approach and vast use of modal scales created a new approach on the jazz piano, breaking with the ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Jordan Ponzi: The First Journey

Read "The First Journey" reviewed by Nicholas F. Mondello

The First Journey from bassist, educator Jordan Ponzi is a classic trio side which delivers a kaleidoscope of textures, tempos, and superb playing. The 7-track recording packs plenty of punch and variety within—and it's a winner. Jordan Ponzi's eclectic compositions offer fine launch pads for superior improv and great ensemble interaction. “Sign Unseen" is ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Hank Mobley: The Complete Hank Mobley Blue Note Sessions 1963-70

Read "The Complete Hank Mobley Blue Note Sessions 1963-70" reviewed by C. Andrew Hovan

The music world has changed considerably since Michael Cuscuna and Charlie Lourie founded their boutique reissue label Mosaic Records back in 1983. From its inception, vinyl was still the preferred format, shortly to be overtaken by the popularity of the compact disc. At the cusp of vinyl's recent resurgence, Mosaic briefly got back into that format ...

ARTICLE: INTERVIEWS

Danilo Rea: Jazz, Mina e altri incontri

Read "Danilo Rea: Jazz, Mina e altri incontri" reviewed by Paolo Marra

Tra i primi giovani jazzisti a Roma a metà degli anni '70, il pianista e compositore Danilo Rea nella sua intensa e lunga carriera ha tracciato, insieme ai suoi illustri colleghi Roberto Gatto, Enzo Pietropaoli e Fabrizio Sferra, le linee guida per le nuove generazioni di musicisti del panorama jazz italiano. Diverse le sue ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Freddie Hubbard: Open Sesame

Read "Open Sesame" reviewed by Chris May

Blue Note's two 180gm vinyl-reissue series--Blue Note 80 and Tone Poet--continue on their enigmatic going on erratic, but mostly magnificent paths. Tone Poet is billed as the audiophile option but, on a fairly limited sampling of both series, there seems to be little, if anything at all, separating the two in audio terms. The key difference ...


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