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The Real McCoy

McCoy TynerVinyl
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (32 customer reviews)

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  • Vinyl (May 27, 2014)
  • Original Release Date: 2014
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Blue Note (Universal)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (32 customer reviews)
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85 of 85 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Advanced 60s jazz August 22, 2002
By G B
Format:Audio CD
This was the first of 6 albums McCoy Tyner recorded for Blue Note records in the late 60s and early 70s. His earlier records for Impulse (Inception, A Night of Ballads and Blues, etc.) were generally more conservative recordings in the piano trio format. But on Real McCoy he went for the explosive, wide open modal sound of the 60s Coltrane quartet.
Tyner had played with Elvin Jones for over five years in Coltrane's group and by this point they were joined at the musical hip; as usual, Jones is a polyrhythmic monster on "Passion Dance" and "Four by Five". Joe Henderson had played in front of Tyner and Jones several times, including the classic quartet date Inner Urge (also on Blue Note); this is among his best playing of the 60s, along with Larry Young's Unity. His mixture of mainstream playing and wild avant-gardisms is on perfect display. Ron Carter provides a strong, flexible anchor. McCoy's playing would get denser and heavier over the next few years, but his powerful sound (dark, left hand chords and fast, unpredictable right hand lines) is well featured here.
All five original compositions are classics. Coltrane didn't record many of Tyner's pieces, so the pianist's style as a writer give this album a distinctly different flavor from the Coltrane group despite the Tyner-Jones pairing. "Passion Dance" and "Four by Five" are intense modal workouts, "Contemplation" and "Search for Peace" are haunting ballads, and "Blues on the Corner" sounds just like the title.
The Real McCoy isn't as intense as some of his early 70s recordings for Milestone records (Sahara, Enlightenment) but it sets the tone for them. With the possible exception of Extensions with Wayne Shorter and Gary Bartz, it is the best of his Blue Note albums. If you like the more intense, wild moments of the '63-'64 Coltrane quartet, the Real McCoy is essential.
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39 of 41 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This is a real beauty April 26, 2000
By D. Read
Format:Audio CD
Having been a big fan of Tyner's amazing piano work with Coltrane in the 60s, I bought "The Real McCoy" with high hopes. I was not disappointed, and since then, this record has seen many hours in my CD players. Tyner proves here that his genius is not limited to playing sideman. The tunes here are beautifully composed, fully developed, and expertly performed. Tyner's left hand is scary; it demands your attention. The other players are in top form as well. It's great listening to Ron Carter and Elvin Jones together after hearing so many hours of Ron Carter playing with Tony Williams and Elvin Jones playing with Jimmy Garrison. I can't see any fan of jazz, casual or otherwise, being disappointed by this masterpiece.
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24 of 26 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Music November 27, 1999
Format:Audio CD
Here's a great album by McCoy Tyner. And it's another great album recorded with this rhythm section of McCoy, Elvin Jones, and Ron Carter. There are too many great ones to list... Extensions, Trident,
Joe Henderson roughs out the mix with his gruff, but pleasant tenor sax. And it's an all around nice deal. I really like this music, sometimes more than some of the work that McCoy and Elvin did with Trane (hope I don't get shot for saying that though!) There's just some great music here. Five songs, lots of action, some nice fireworks, and good restraint. Everyone plays pretty passionate. Elvin is Elvin and always will be. I like McCoy here, but don't like much of his recent work. But he's still got that thing that I like. But, that doesn't necessarily mean that you will or will not. Joe Henderson always makes a nice foil for these guys, just like Wayne Shorter does on his albums. And Ron Carter is just cool to listen to.
I'd say, get this album. Especially if you've sampled a lot of Coltrane with these guys and maybe some Wayne Shorter or Bobby Hutcherson where these guys play together. It's nice to hear Elvin and McCoy with someone Else besides Trane. And it's just a damn good cd. Good sound. Good playing. Get it!
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Exquisite and essential June 24, 2002
Format:Audio CD
It's just... cool. Intense and creative, yet mature. Challenging yet approachable. The band is amazingly coherent. McCoy Tyner's approach to the piano is a revelation. Elvin Jones speaks in his unique voice while staying within the bounds of hard bop. Joe Henderson's sax is a perfect foil for Tyner's comping and compositions, and Ron Carter holds it all together.
You'd be hard pressed to find any four people making a more coherent and original musical statement in ANY genre.
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars McCoy Breaks Loose November 21, 2004
Format:Audio CD
This cd is a showcase for the younger McCoy Tyner's compositional and improvisational styles. It captures this master musician at a crossroads between the harder core modal music that he had been recording with John Coltrane a few years earlier and points the way to his own signature style that would emerge in later recordings. The quartet assembled here is perfectly matched and these 4 fine musicians created something of lasting value. Elvin Jones' drumming is dynamic and innovative, Ron Carter's bass playing is awesome and Joe Henderson's tenor provides the perfect counterweight to Tyner's piano. Henderson uses a combination of the lyrical with subtle and artful touches of dissonance that makes his sound unique and distinguished among jazz players. I think he may be the most underrated of the great sax players of his generation.

McCoy Tyner's compositional talents are stunning and the man has put out an amazing amount of great music over the years. He continues to this day to be one of the top innovators out there. The Real McCoy is an essential recording for anyone who wants to understand an important part of his evolution as an artist.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great record. Love hearing Joe with the Coltrane quartet
Great record. Love hearing Joe with the Coltrane quartet.
Published 1 month ago by Pamazon
5.0 out of 5 stars Lot's of beautiful music made here
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
Published 1 month ago by Freddy
2.0 out of 5 stars Disappointed...
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 4 months ago by kurt sax
5.0 out of 5 stars Definitely the Real McCoy
McCoy is a master, and this CD contains some of his masterpieces. A must have for any jazz lover's collection.
Published 5 months ago by Wes Bethel
5.0 out of 5 stars Top shelf
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
Published 7 months ago by Rob Scheps
5.0 out of 5 stars Well worth it.
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 more
Published 11 months ago by Joe Williams
5.0 out of 5 stars Great CD
After I saw him in concert I had to get the cd. It is great and I really enjoy having it in my collection.
Published 14 months ago by Tara King
5.0 out of 5 stars Best of the best
A marvelous record. Extremely well played, visceral, bright, bordering on perfection. Something to listen and have a unique and unforgettable memory.
Published 18 months ago by Thiago Salgado
5.0 out of 5 stars Awsome Music
Could not wait to hear this quartet, it's what I expected and more it was almost like hearing the Coltrane quartet but with McCoy's twist on it absolutely loved it.
Published 20 months ago by John L.
5.0 out of 5 stars Phenomenal
Phenomenal - one of my absolute favorites! This is a stellar album, just beautiful, technical, and complex with subtle and gorgeous beauty!!!
Published 22 months ago by Ripley I
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