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Plays John Coltrane - Live at The Village Vanguard [Live]

John Coltrane, McCoy TynerAudio CD
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  • Audio CD (October 16, 2001)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Live
  • Label: Umvd Labels
  • ASIN: B00005NY2T
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #153,271 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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McCoy Tyner has paid tribute on record to his former boss John Coltrane several times before, notably on the 1972 solo effort, Echoes of a Friend. But he is a different pianist now than he was then. Once a player of volcanic force and eddying intellect, Tyner has become a more elegant, restrained stylist. Recorded at New York's Village Vanguard on what would have been Coltrane's 71st birthday, and released to commemorate the saxophone legend's 75th, McCoy Tyner Plays John Coltrane could hardly be more even-tempered. Working outside his standing trio--the bassist is George Mraz, the drummer Al Foster--Tyner brings the same lilting delicacy to "Afro Blue" that he brings to the classic ballad "Naima." That isn't to say he lacks intensity in returning to the Trane songbook, which is also represented by the title track from "Crescent," "Moment's Notice," and the infrequently heard "Mr. Day" (from Coltrane Plays the Blues). With his gleaming note clusters, flowing lyricism, and spiritual weight, he makes it clear that the songs and their original singer still mean a lot to him--just as Tyner still means a lot to anyone who cares about the modern jazz piano. --Lloyd Sachs

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5.0 out of 5 stars Forget Bacharach November 23, 2001
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This is the composer who brings out the best in McCoy Tyner: the energy, the wisdom, the intelligence, the two handed technique. I bought this along with some other CDs and it was days before I got to the other ones. I kept listening to this over and over again. This is one of the best Tyner albums ever. It is not nostalgia for the "classic" quartet. The Afro Blue on here is much closer to the "with the Latin All-Stars" version than it is to Coltrane's version. It is the maturity that he has developed along with the respectful spirituality that this material commands, that makes the difference. The "I Want to Talk About you" isn't based on a note for note transcription of Coltrane's original version, Tyner digs into the cadenza not to emulate Coltrane, but to catch up to him. No offense to the other bassists, but George Mraz adds a maturity and a gravity to the proceedings that matches Tyner's mood. No drummer could match Elvin Jones's original playing but Al Foster is much more than window dressing here. Listen to the "Naima", "Moment's Notice" or "Crescent" a couple of times. A great CD although you may have heard these songs before. As Keith Jarrett's Standards bunch shows, it is not just the material it is the players and here they are in a league of their own.
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5.0 out of 5 stars An even more remarkable trio February 9, 2002
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I bought this record a while ago.. and it has taken me some time to digest and absorb all the music on this CD.First time I Iistened I felt that there were no song that really was standing out... but repeated listening I must say I am overwhelmed. The last trio CD McCoy did was the one with Stanley Clarke and Al Foster... Foster is on this one as well.. I think he is the ideal drummer for Tyner... since he has that "elastic" rythm perception needed to play with McCoy.. Foster sounbds awfully good here.. and Mraz is closer to McCoy as well ..than Clarke is. Conclusion is.... this is a heck of a good CD by the best and most interesting pianoplayer of our time.Suddenly it has become difficult to pick a fave tune.. but my votes goes to Moments Notice
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5.0 out of 5 stars Deserves 10 stars February 13, 2005
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This is such a rewarding CD ! McCoy Tyner's recordings are among my favorites in jazz and in a trio setting he is really allowed to display his incredible virtuosity. Here he is beautifully accompanied by George Mraz and Al Foster. Mraz provides fine bass playing throughout and several of his solos are just outstanding as well. The drumming is perfectly suited to these arrangements of tunes recorded by Coltrane and Foster's drum solo on Afro Blue is wonderful.

I just caught Tyner's more recent trio with Eric Harland and Charnett Moffett performing in LA and they were playing as if they were of one mind. Harland's drumming is terrific as well. After seeing them and then listening to this I for one will never miss an opportunity to hear McCoy Tyner in a trio setting.

Buy this CD if you don't have it. You will be glad you did.
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5.0 out of 5 stars John Coltrane would be proud. April 22, 2002
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McCoy and Co. do a great job here (big surprise) jamming on some of Coltrane's most famous works (Naima, Moment's Notice, and Crescent are especially strong) along with the lesser-known 'Mr. Day'. This cd is the best stuff Tyner has done since 1995's wonderful "Infinity" disc. The Village Vanguard seems to provide such a wonderful, warm environment; it seems to bring out the best in these musicians. 'After the Rain' is also heartbreakingly beautiful. Great collaboration, great recording. Well worth the money. Highly recommended.
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5.0 out of 5 stars McCoy's best release for years October 17, 2001
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McCoy with George Mraz and Al Foster------awesome - wonder why this took so long to put out? Recorded Live at the Village Vanguard in 1997....Whatever - I'm happy it made it into my collection.
It is great to hear McCoy playing this music and also playing with different musicians than his regular band - this may be my favorite jazz cd for a long time
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Truly Rewarding Set March 13, 2004
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This live set of music associated with Mr. Tyner's former boss/collaborator rewards with repeated listening because this trio's music is greater than the sum of the parts. This is special praise considering that the players' individual contributions are unique and outstanding. The range of Tyner's creativity includes the gentle romanticism of "After The Rain", the controlled yet rhythmic passion of "Afro Blue", and the bright, soulful blues expression of "Mr. Day". Please note that it is often overlooked that McCoy Tyner is an outstanding blues player! Throughout this set (in which each tune is a winner), George Mraz(bass) and Al Foster(drums) lay a firm magical carpet while providing their own brands of sonic and rhythmic electricity. Foster listens intently and at times seems to have a particular ESP with Tyner. In paying tribute to John Coltrane, Tyner's two-handed virtousity literally welds musical ideas into the listener's consciousness and thus inspires and rewards.
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