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Reaching Fourth

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Audio CD, February 24, 1998
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...[T]his album offers an early glimpse of the Tyner we know today, a consummate stylist whose passions are rendered with a relaxed energy. Reaching Fourth is further proof that Tyner was a real lion when he was a young lion. -- Jazz Times
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  • Audio CD (February 24, 1998)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: GRP Records
  • ASIN: B0000065KN
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #456,923 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on July 15, 1999
Format: Audio CD
This album is quite interesting as many of McCoy's non-Trane features (both as a leader and sideman) usually featured Elvin Jones on drums and Reggie Workman (both Coltrane alumnus) or Ron Carter on bass, while Reaching Fourth has a different trio format. What we have here is part of Roy Haynes's working group, Roy Haynes on drums and henry Grimes on bass. Although Haynes and Tyner played together in the John Coltrane Quartet (when Elvin was unavailable) it is quite interesting to hear the strikingly different interaction between the three. The difference here probably lies in the fact that Coltrane was looking for someone (Haynes) to replace Elvin, while with McCoy in charge, he seems to be looking for a whole new and different "group" experience. The members of the trio all play strong here and have pleanty of solo space where they shine... Highly fun and recommended, especially the first song, Reaching Fourth, a McCoy Tyner original which has some extrodinarily high quality soloing by both Haynes and Grimes.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Sambson on June 7, 2007
Format: Audio CD
Anyone who was confused by other reviews of this product, might want to read this quick history of Tyner, Coltrane, Monk and Haynes; which is interestingly tied together through the 1957-62 period.

Coltrane & Monk first played together April 16, 1957 on the tune "Monk's Mood" and in June and July of that year for nine more songs which have all been issued on Monk's Complete Riverside sessions. Coltrane only played live during the rest of this time with Monk (July 18 till December 16 1957). Oddly enough Roy Haynes & Coltrane first played together September 11, 1958 at the Five Spot, NYC when both Coltrane and Haynes sat in the Thelonious Monk Quartet for five tunes, now issued on Thelonious Monk's Complete Blue Note Recordings (Disc 4). This single performance and Tyner's album REACHING FOURTH must have made an impression, as Coltrane would enlist Haynes later. As for Tyner & Coltrane, they first played together June 27, 1960 in a Coltrane led Quartet which appeared at the Jazz Gallery, NYC for 2 shows and the Showboat in Philly for 4 shows the next month; all of which are unreleased as commercial products. Tyner & Coltrane's first studio session together was September 8, 1960 at United Recorders in Los Angeles; producing "Mr Day (aka One And Four)," "Exotica" & "Like Sonny (aka Simple Like)" for Roulette. Their next session, which was their first together for Atlantic, and also the first time Tyner & Elvin Jones played together with Coltrane was on October 21, 1960 for the songs "Village Blues" and "My Favorite Things".
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I keep coming back to this album because the music is so tight snd both McCoy Tyner and Roy Haynes are easy to identify. In particular, Haynes with his characteristic sound and patterns on drums that employ his unique 'diditdidit' ostinato and his unique tuning. Instead of my dissecting this album give the sound samples a lisgten and let those convey the essence of the music.

Another reason I keep coming back to this album is bassist Henry Grimes. His sound is clearly heard on every track, but what makes him special is the dearth of recordings from this period that feature him. He dropped out of sight in 1970 and did not get back into music until 2003, but in this period (1962) he had not drifted into the free jazz period of his career before hs did drop out. I first heard (and saw) him in Bert Stern's Jazz on a Summer's Day when he backed Monk at the 1958 Newport Jazz Festival.

Of course Tyner's playing is yet another reason why I keep coming back to this album. In fact, on track 2, Goodbye, you can clearly hear Bill Evans' influence. However, that is not to say that Tyner was a clone because he, like Haynes, had a signature sound that is all his and this album attests to that.

The album was recorded for Impulse at Rudy van Gelder's Englewood Cliffs, NJ studio on November 14, 1962 and released early in 1963. It's a wonderful listen because it's somewhat relaxed and just flows - even on the faster tempo tracks. It's also an excellent example of Tyner's artistry and one of the uncommon recordings of Grimes during his pre-free jazz period.
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1 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Ricardo A. Pacheco on October 19, 2009
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The grat McCoy is a great pianist who has many admirers within the genre of jazz.
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