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  • Vinyl
  • Label: Applause
  • ASIN: B00711N0JO
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Thomas Heflin on August 10, 2009
Format: Audio CD
"Expansions" is one of my favorite McCoy albums of all time (although I don't know if anything will ever top "The Real McCoy" for me). "Expansions" has some of my favorite McCoy compositions of all time like "Peresina" and "Vision." Plus the album was recorded by Van Gelder and produced by Duke Pearson. McCoy, Woody and Wayne are absolutely KILLING on this album.

I have to address one of the the other reviewers who wrote that "Vision" has a "corny funk-jazz head." This is just uninformed. "Vision" is pure sixties modal jazz. It does have a straight beat, but it certainly isn't trying to be funky. And, the solos on this tune are anything but "profoundly dull," unless by profoundly dull, you mean amazing.

As for the recording quality, it is a little fuzzier than Van Gelder's earlier stuff, but that was the fad in the late 60's early 70's. And, yes Ron Carter's arco playing leaves a lot to be desired, especially on "I Thought I'd Let You Know," but it's not enough to take away from the fact that this is a fantastic album. Highly recommended!
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By G. ferguson on May 17, 2013
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you know mccoy tyner . he pounds the keys with great power and passion. he is a great leader of his bands. add this c-d to your list of this mans music.
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3 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Scott McWade on January 19, 2008
Format: Audio CD
Both of the previous reviewers have valid points although I did not find the cello to be the distraction that one has noted. If you're new to McCoy's Blue Note catalog, The Real McCoy, Tender Moments, Extensions and Time For Tyner should enter your collection before this does. If this was not such a hard one to find I could more easily recommend it's purchase but given the current price, you'd be better off waiting on the RVG reissue. I would think that an RVG reissue is pending once they milk those that would obtain this via the Mosaic box which includes this, Extensions, Asante and Cosmos. Asante and Cosmos would come after this in a Blue Note pecking order for McCoy, so I would'nt rush out and obtain the box, either. Of course, Blue Note is just one small piece of the Tyner picture, so you could pillage his Milestone, Impulse & Telarc catalogs in the meantime. Chesky's New York Reunion is another solid choice. There's so much Tyner out there, you might get sick of him before this purchase became relevant. As another reviewer noted, the real gem from this release, Peresina is available on the Definitive or The Best of McCoy Tyner: The Blue Note Years, so those are probably better choices for the moment. Four solid stars though, although it's hard to give most of his catalog any less than that. He's truly a force of nature.
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4 of 31 people found the following review helpful By Horst Meisterfluscher on August 29, 2005
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The sound quality is mediocre. Rudy Van Gelder (the sound engineer) undermiked the piano. Come to think of it, all of the instruments sound too distant. I guess the operative pejorative word here is "far-miked". The really impressive thing about this record is the fact that the whole thing was recorded in one day. I can't even contemplate that scenario without collapsing from sensory overload.

VISION starts out strong with a corny funk-jazz head. It's a shame that the solos are profoundly dull. Although McCoy does interesting stuff behind Woody Shaw's trumpet. Ron Carter's sickly cello is admirable insofar as it's vibrato-less. SONG OF HAPPINESS has an arhythmic preparatory bubbling-up shtick going on in it. Which convinces me that it's a take-off on the Coltrane fanfare that commences A LOVE SUPREME. There's a brilliant modulation near the end that serves as a lead-in to Wayne's solo. Unfortunately, Wayne's solo is only sporadically interesting. PERESINA is an obvious masterpiece and was rightfully included in a Tyner anthology. Wayne is as smoothadelic as ever. Those vocalized "boops" are a great touch. SMITTY'S PLACE has those unison staccato-yelps going for it and not much else. I THOUGHT I'D LET YOU KNOW is a well-chosen obscure ballad that's enjoyable precisely because of the vibrato-less sickismo of Ron Carter's cello. If Ron had slicked it up by using vibrato, he would've nauseated me with corniness. But thank God he didn't.
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