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  • Audio CD (May 28, 1996)
  • Original Release Date: 1980
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Blue Note Records
  • ASIN: B000005H3D
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #150,918 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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One of McCoys best ever albums.
D. Holmes Sr.
Though she isn't a virtuoso soloist, the harp really adds to the exotic feel of the music.
G B
McCoy's soloists are Wayne Shorter on tenor and soprano and Gary Bartz on alto!
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29 of 29 people found the following review helpful By Tyler Smith on May 19, 2000
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
Tyner's recent work, with a couple of notable exceptions, has been in the trio, duo or solo settings. Throughout the late '60s and the '70s, however, he put out a long series of small-group releases featuring some of the finest horn players of the day. "Extensions" is a gem among these.
Gary Bartz and Wayne Shorter, two of jazz's best sax players, then and now, make powerful contributions to "Extensions." Shorter is of course most often linked to his time with Miles Davis, but he and Tyner had a long and fruitful association in the '60s, with McCoy often joining Shorter on the latter's great Blue Note LPs. On this release, we get to hear Shorter's superb work on soprano sax (most notably "Message from the Nile"), which he had begun playing late in his time with Miles. Bartz, on alto, is, as always, a firestorm.
Tyner added Alice Coltrane on harp to enrich the mixture, then finished it off with Elvin Jones' boiling drums and Ron Carter's impeccable bass. The result is an exotic, yet muscular and bluesy sound that stands up to repeated listenings. To sample the variety in sound and mood that Tyner achieved on this album, contrast the driving "Survival Blues" with the ethereal "His Blessings."
Top-flight musicians, Tyner's incomparable blend of thunder and lightning on the keyboard and an unforced air of spirituality and awareness of jazz's African roots make "Extensions" a musical experience you'll enjoy again and again.
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25 of 25 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on November 29, 1999
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Extensions is a must for any fan of McCoy, whether its him solo or him with Coltrane or him with the myriad of Bluenoters during the 60's. This album really has it all. It's interesting too because he chose Alice Coltrane to play harp on 3 of 4 songs. And her presence is quite apparant. The final song, "His Blessing," sounds like something that could have easily appeared on her album "Journey in Satchidananda," or "Ptah The El Daoud." (Both are phenomenal albums by the way, check them out!)
McCoy brought in his best rhythm section I think... himself, Elvin Jones, and Ron Carter. I love Jimmy Garrison, but I really like the chemistry between these three. To my ears, Carter is just more flexible for this sort of thing. McCoy's soloists are Wayne Shorter on tenor and soprano and Gary Bartz on alto! And Alice fits in somewhere in between. Atmosphere.
The songs are extended modal pieces. Message from home kicks off with Ron Carters plucked bass and sweeping harp from Coltrane and eventually roars into a strong song with some great soloing by Shorter (on soprano) and Bartz. The Wanderer is a shorter (not Wayne, shorter in time) song with a fine solo by Elvin Jones, and no harp playing. Survival Blues is more like the title track... very powerful. And the last song, His Blessing, is a little different for McCoy. As I mentioned before it could have been something written by Alice Coltrane. It's slow and pretty with lots of harp and arco bass.
This is a good, solid album, with a little bit of flavor to spice things up. It's different. It's essential. Nice sound too, though it would be even better if it was remastered. I think Wayne Shorter's soprano would sound a lot cleaner. Get the cd though, it's an unnotticed jem!
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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful By G B on January 20, 2002
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This exceptional album was one of McCoy Tyner's last albums for Blue Note, and it looks forward to the great run he would have on Milestone records for the rest of the 70s. Though it doesn't yet feature the dense, chromatic piano playing of Sahara and Enlightenment, a lot of the other elements are there -- extended modal blowing, elements of African and Asian music, and the appearance of background percussion.
The lineup is the modal all-star team: not only former Tyner bandmate Elvin Jones, but also the great Wayne Shorter (who is quite "convincing" and "original", and contributes one of the best soprano solos ever on "Message from the Nile") and Gary Bartz on saxophones, and a surprise appearance by Alice Coltrane on the harp. Though she isn't a virtuoso soloist, the harp really adds to the exotic feel of the music. Ron Carter provides a flexible bedrock for the music.
"Message from the Nile" (amazing, amazing, amazing) and "The Wanderer" are in the modal bag; "His Blessings" is a floating tone poem that could have indeed appeared on an Alice Coltrane album. Despite being further removed from the John Coltrane Quartet sound than The Real McCoy (1967), Extensions is a great companion to the masterpieces Tyner recorded for Milestone; if you like it, be sure to pick up Sahara (1972).
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Mark VINE VOICE on June 26, 2008
Format: Audio CD
I can still vividly remember when this Lp arrived at the record store I was working in back in Colorado Springs. My boss was from Chicago and a well-informed jazz listener. I had no idea who McCoy Tyner was other than he had a very weird name (I was 17 or 18 at the time). I was more of a King Crimson listener at the time, i.e., I was listening to intelligent music that was good art but the jazz bug had not yet bitten me.

Anyway, I was immediately captivated by this recording when my boss played it. I think the cool, interesting cover is what first attracted me. Then he played this thing and the piano was like nothing I'd ever heard (I had not yet discovered John Coltrane. And then that harp... and the incredible sax solos, the power behind the drums. It was mesmerizing, thrilling, captivating.

At the time I had no idea what a powerful cast of supporting players had been assembled to make this music. Here we find contributions from Alice Coltrane's harp, Elvin Jones's drums, Wayne Shorter's tenor, Ron Carter's bass and Gary Bartz's alto, I'd never heard of any of these people but I sure liked what they were doing. Now days I know that every one of these musicians spent their formative years playing with the giants John Coltrane and Mile Davis in their 60's groups, in fact you are getting a sort of synthesis of the sounds from those two bands.

Others have written beautifully about the details of the music found on this CD. I'll not add to the details, but instead point out that this recording made a lasting impression on me and I listen to lots and lots of music to the point where friends and family call me obsessive. I'm also a semi-pro jazz guitarist. I highly recommend both Extensions and Atlantis as additions to your jazz collection. Rewarding music.
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