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McCoy TynerAudio CD
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)

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listen  1. Walk Spirit, Talk Spirit (feat. Joe Lovano, Christian McBride & Jeff Watts) 9:31Album Only
listen  2. Mellow Minor (feat. Joe Lovano, Christian McBride & Jeff Watts) 9:51Album Only
listen  3. Sama Layuca (feat. Joe Lovano, Christian McBride & Jeff Watts)12:22Album Only
listen  4. Passion Dance (feat. Joe Lovano, Christian McBride & Jeff Watts)11:20Album Only
listen  5. Search For Peace (feat. Joe Lovano, Christian McBride & Jeff Watts)11:01Album Only
listen  6. Blues On The Corner (feat. Joe Lovano, Christian McBride & Jeff Watts) 9:47Album Only
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Product Details

  • Audio CD (September 11, 2007)
  • Original Release Date: 2007
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Mccoy Tyner Music/Half Note Records
  • ASIN: B000UZ4GUK
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #195,433 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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McCoy Tyner's work with the John Coltrane Quartet is well documented, and this CD marks a welcome return to that format. Recorded live at Yoshi's in Oakland, CA, over New Year's, Joe Lovano does the honors in the tenor sax chair, while bassist Christian McBride and drummer Jeff "Tain" Watts hold the rhythm section together with honor, passion, and drive. The world-class bassist and drummer, usually known for their overt showmanship and over the top chops, show remarkable restraint and sensitivity throughout. Tyner and friends play several of his original compositions, well-known and revered over the years. Lovano sounds, eerily enough, like Pharoah Sanders, employing a slightly staggered expansive vibrato on "Walk Spirit, Talk Spirit," while using a more haunting stance à la Coltrane for "Mellow Minor," a new modern mainstream tune. Sounding more like himself, Lovano and the group join a loping desert caravan for the beautiful "Sama Layuca," with Lovano playing the part originally written for flute. They rip through "Passion Dance" and melt abject militarism during the poignant ballad "Search for Peace." Tyner, in character, utilizes a minimalist palette to extrapolate on improvisationally during his solos. After reported health problems, it is good to hear he is sounding quite inspired and energetic during the entire date. The happy song "Blues on the Corner" further cements his upbeat demeanor, while the finale/solo standard "For All We Know" is truly the real McCoy, replete with the many flourishes, dynamism, and harmonic colorations that distinguish him from all others. In many ways this is a remarkable date, a well-paced program with all the pieces (save "For All We Know") timed at around ten minutes, proof positive that Tyner's game is still very much on, and hovering at a very high level. --Michael G. Nastos - All Music Guide

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Quartet marks a new phase in McCoy Tyner s illustrious career. The album, recorded live on New Year s Eve 2006 with tenor titan Joe Lovano, bassist Christian McBride, and drummer Jeff Tain Watts, is both a retrospective and a projective piece. While it features some of the compositions that have shaped Tyner s career, the album is a launch for Tyner s new label, McCoy Tyner Music, and will be the first among a series of three recordings that will be released within the next year.

Just over two years ago, Tyner was taken on as the first client of Blue Note Management, a division of the Blue Note Jazz Club. The success of this partnership lead to this release, which will be on the McCoy Tyner Music (MTM) label, created for him as an imprint of the Blue Note s in-house record label, Half Note Records. Upon listening, it is immediately apparent that Quartet features a working band and not just a gathering of four all-star musicians. Additionally, the record shows that Tyner, who now carries the torch as the only surviving member of the John Coltrane Quartet, is still at the top of his game as a composer, performer, and bandleader.

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41 of 41 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars BEST MCCOY RECORD IN YEARS!!! September 20, 2007
Format:Audio CD
I just bought "Quartet" and I can't stop listening to it. I was hesitant at first when I saw this line-up, since these guys are used to leading their own bands and have a tendency to overpower the groups they play in. Maybe it's the fact that these all-stars are being led by Tyner, who is one of the greats, but as a cohesive unit, this quartet works like magic. It reminds me of hearing Miles' bands in the 50s and 60s, where every guy could have taken the spotlight but instead backed off in favor of being an equal part of the group. This is the case on "Quartet" - Joe Lovano, Jeff "Tain" Watts, and Christian McBride play like they're proud to be in McCoy's band and sound like they've been playing together forever.

The tracks on this live date from New Year's '06 are mainly taken from the Tyner Songbook. Lovano is a real driving force alongside Tyner, and together, they re-invent classics like "Walk Spirit, Talk Spirit" and "Passion Dance." The band takes these tunes in unexpected places that surely McCoy couldn't have imagined when he first penned them decades ago. McCoy's rendition of the standard "For All We Know" is a touching end to an otherwise energetic set of tunes. Somehow, he manages to be powerful and sensitive all at the same time.

It's great to see that McCoy is finally getting the respect he deserves with his own new label, McCoy Tyner Music. Thank god someone out here is documenting his projects. Too many of the McCoy Tyner's of the world are already gone.

Bottom line: Get this record - you won't be disappointed.
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars he's a soul man November 19, 2007
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Maybe McCoy's playing has been stronger on other occasions, but I'm with Linda, this is the best McCoy Tyner album I've heard in years. The rhythm section makes my whole body want to move and makes my head and shoulders rock with appreciation. Joe Lovano adds an excellent twist, and the music is bursting with passionate intensity.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Superb!!! September 28, 2007
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Four truly creative jazz musicians playing awesome jazz. It doesn't get any better than this! I've listened to this CD a dozen times and still can't get enough. McCoy Tyner is playing at a career high level and Joe Lovano is as well. It's all there, I wonder if there is any other material from this gig? I'd love to hear the rest...
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars At The Top November 30, 2007
Format:Audio CD
I agree that this is the finest CD he's put out recently. From start to finish, it's a moving journey. I have all his recordings(now that Horizon and Looking Out have finally been released on CD), and this stands up to the best. I'd also recommend the recordings of DD Jackson to those who love Tyner(or Pullen, or Hicks, or other great composer/pianists).
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars MCCOY TYNER NEVER MISS THE TARGET April 17, 2008
By blueish
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Mccoy tyners does it oncemore .THIS LIVE RECORDING is among mccoy s strongest efforts.The other ones IMO are his collaboration with the LATIN ALL STARS the marvelous LA LEYENDA DE LA HORA and NEW YORK REUNION.Perhaps a sharper and more speedy saxophone tune would help better the flow of excitement but this minor point would not be able to spoil the general result so as not to give it five stars .
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great music January 23, 2008
By sbrcpa
Format:Audio CD
This is great music with a mix of a living legend and some up and coming young talents. I love how the crowd was encouraging each of the musicians through the recording.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Like a fine wine May 9, 2014
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Listened to this CD twice and for me, the first 3 tunes are nice-the rest I didn't care for-I had just went to see him live recently, and what a treat that was(enjoyed every tune he and the band played-and that's rare to hear from anyone)-he's like a fine wine-he just keeps getting better with time. He was always great, if you know what I mean, but now he's great with 'finesse'-and there's very few artists I can say that about.
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