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The Real Mccoy
LP (12" album, 33 rpm), Reissued
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Audio CD, Original recording reissued, Original recording remastered, March 9, 1999
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Remastered as part of a 75th-anniversary vinyl reissue initiative spearheaded by current Blue Note president Don Was to include the label's 100 essential albums, this 5-cut classic, originally released in 1967, was the jazz pianist's Blue Note debut! Joined by Joe Henderson on tenor sax, Ron Carter on bass and Elvin Jones on drums, Tyner shows he's deserving of this album's title on Passion Dance; Contemplation; Four By Five; Search for Peace, and Blues on the Corner ! Blue Note.
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Get this album. You will not be disappointed.
( in my opinion ) By that I mean they've establish a harmonic language that they'd build upon for decades to come and others will be studying well I to the future.
And .... they swung the hell out of it!
Lot's of beautiful music made here.
McCoy Tyner composed all of the songs, and just as on another of his stellar Blue Note albums, Time for Tyner, the songs are so memorable that you will find yourself immediately immersed in them, even on the first listen as if you'd heard them many times before. I can guarantee you'll find yourself humming the melodies the rest of the day after each listen. But as I mentioned, the faster songs are hard-edged and may be too much for the casual fan. Joe Henderson is in top form, ripping away at the tenor Sax and Elvin Jones and Ron Carter play an intense drumkit and bass. Jones does great work, with the spontaneous fills you would expect from a master that add perfect flair to each song without going so far as to steal the show, except of course during his solos. And Tyner is fantastic on the piano. I can't quite think of anyone who can play with such a combination of beauty and rapid technical skill. He has a style all his own, and if you are unfamiliar with him consider yourself lucky in that you can purchase this album and will be privileged to hear him for the first time surrounded by such excellent company.
If you are familiar with Coltrane's classic quintet, then you know what to expect from the quality of the piano playing and drumming. If not, Tyner and Jones were the backbone of Coltrane's career after he left Miles Davis' band. I daresay they are never better than what you will hear on this album. Joe Henderson fits in amazingly well with the group. In fact, (gasp!) I probably listen to this disc more than any of the Coltrane records featuring much of the same band. Henderson has a way of working through a solo that keeps me listening attentively more than just about any other tenor sax player. No doubt we all have our favorite sax players, and for me Joe is the one whose playing speaks to me the most.
Since I've mentioned that this album is hard edged, I'll try a bit better to quantify that. It's not in the realm of the harder tunes on Coltrane's Sun Ship or the Miles Davis electric stuff from the late '60s and early '70s, but it's probably somewhat comparable to Art Blakey's Free for All. Just a step further than many casual fans are comfortable going, but not so far that most couldn't stretch to appreciate.
If you purchase this album and find it enjoyable, I also recommend the following -
Joe Henderson - Our Thing
Andrew Hill - Black Fire
McCoy Tyner - Time for Tyner
Bobby Hutcherson - Dialogue
The 4et with Joe Hen, Ron & Elvin can do no wrong. At least 2 future classics are here, the original
"Passion Dance" and " Blues On The Corner".
Don't miss this hip post bop treasure.