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Nights of Ballads & Blues Original recording remastered


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Product Details

  • Audio CD (March 11, 1997)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Original recording remastered
  • Label: Grp Records
  • ASIN: B000003N9K
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #358,420 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Erik Berkule on June 22, 2000
Format: Audio CD
The heart of this recording has to be McCoy's rendition of Round Midnight. Although done so many times as a jazz standard, McCoy breathes so much life into this version that the listener can't help but fall in love.
The rest of the album is spectacular as well, with McCoy demonstrating his solo ability in not-so-rare form. While many folks only know Tyner as a Coltrane sideman, others know his amazing capacity to engulf the audience in soulful ballads and high tempo acrobatics.
The muted picture on the album cover connotes the mystical feeling you be given while listening to this must-have for any jazz fan.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Todd Hampton on September 8, 2000
Format: Audio CD
One of my favorite jazz albums because it is so cool. McCoy tyner who at that time was more widely known for being and integral part of the John Coltrane Quartet proved that he definetley had the goods to make albums under his own name. Nights of ballads and blues was Tyners third solo album. The album is just that an selection of blues and ballad. Tyner along with Steve davis and Lex Humphries play a group of Jazz standards. The outcome while not breathtaking is still beautiful to listen to. The beauty in listening to this Cd is hearing how the 'melodically inventive' Tyner and the rest of his trio sound together. Not a note feels wasted, but each song sounds unique. A real treat.
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful By John F. E. Wright on November 22, 2009
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
I bought McCoy Tyners "Nights of Ballads and Blues" way back in 1966. It was my introduction to jazz and this disc went to just about every party I went to for several years, it was the perfect accompanyment to seeing in the wee small hours of the morning.
Eventually it became unplayable as I moved to compact disc, I was overjoyed to find it on Amazon albeit coming from the States. My new disc is a perfect reproduction and reproduces all the original sleeve notes.
Excellent packaging ensured safe arrival just a few weeks after my order. I recommend this record to all who want to hear jazz in its purest form.
Jack Wright - Cardiff, Wales
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Mike Tarrani HALL OF FAMETOP 10 REVIEWER on June 7, 2013
Format: Audio CD
The track selection is as wonderful as the musicianship on every track. I would be hard pressed to pick a favorite because each track seems to speak to me.

I am reviewing the CD format which has no sound samples (at the time of this review) on the product page. Listen to the sound samples on the product page for the MP3 album of Nights Of Ballads & Blues. You will be treated to short sound snippets that are representative of each track. Those snippets tell more about the music and the sound quality than I possibly can.

Aside from Tyner's exceptional piano interpretations of songs that are all standards I enjoyed closely studying Lex Humphries' technique on drums. He is sadly forgotten in most circles, but is tasteful and a master on brushes. I'll confess that I know very little of bassist Steve Davis, but his playing perfectly fit with the songs selected and the rest of the ensemble.

The album was recorded at Rudy van Gelder's Englewood Cliffs, NJ studio on March 4, 1963 and released later that year. Although this album clocks in at under thirty-nine minutes each note is a pleasure to my ears. If you love the sound samples I pointed out above you will definitely love this album.
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This album is beautiful simplicity! The notes are spread out wide, they float, they leave space. When I'm listening to this album I want to dream of far away things or simpler days. Wonderful!
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