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Audio CD, Original recording reissued, Original recording remastered, March 9, 1999
McCoy's essential 1967 recording, with five original compositions and featuring Joe Henderson, Ron Carter and Elvin Jones. Includes extra photos.
This 1967 quartet was McCoy Tyner's first for Blue Note as a leader, although he had frequently recorded as a sideman for the label--with Wayne Shorter, Joe Henderson, and Grant Green, among others. One of the last recordings produced by Blue Note founder Alfred Lion, and Tyner's first as a leader since leaving the legendary John Coltrane Quartet two years before, the session has a special quality. There's something of the Blue Note sound to the group's concentrated intensity, perhaps Lion's contribution as well as engineer Rudy Van Gelder's, while Tyner, a more conservative musician than Coltrane, was integrating the modal and expressionist forms of the Coltrane quartet into more tightly defined compositional patterns. In tenor saxophonist Joe Henderson, Tyner found a true peer, another musician with a strong identity whose style represented a similar amalgam of conventional and innovative elements. Together with drummer Elvin Jones, and bassist Ron Carter, they both reassert the hard-bop mainstream with "Four by Five" and the deep blues of "Blues on the Corner" and extend it with the heightened solemnity of "Search for Peace" and the brilliant rhythmic interplay of "Passion Dance." --Stuart Broomer
After a drummer that I work with suggested I purchased it. I am so glad I did! This album has become one of my top 5 Favorite albums! Read morePublished 4 months ago by Ian Brown
McCoy Tyner and Joe Henderson are at their peak as players during this period
( in my opinion ) By that I mean they've establish a harmonic language that they'd build upon for... Read more
Tyner's playing is repetitive and sloppy. Bill Evans he ain't. Carter and Jones are great as usual, but try as they might, they can not make up for the pianist's creative weakness.Published 14 months ago by kurt sax
McCoy is a master, and this CD contains some of his masterpieces. A must have for any jazz lover's collection.Published 16 months ago by Wes Bethel
Perhaps the best of all of Tyner's Blue Note outings, which is a considerable achievement.
The 4et with Joe Hen, Ron & Elvin can do no wrong. Read more
A must-have for your bebop collection. This album beautifully illustrates what sets Tyner apart from other jazz pianists then and now. I go back to this album often. Read morePublished 21 months ago by Joe Williams