Saturday, March 7, 2020
McCoy Tyner 1938-2020
A favorite from that era, "Song of the New World" (1973), features the Quartet (with Joony Booth replacing Calvin Hill) string orchestra, a brass section, an oboist, and the great Hubert Laws on flute and piccolo:
Mr. Tyner went on to record many more albums for numerous labels, returning to Blue Note and Impulse in the 1990s and on to Telarc in the early 2000s. Eventually, he started the McCoy Tyner Music label (through Half Note Records) – his final "official" recording is "Solo: Live From San Francisco". Recorded in 2007, the album came out in 2009. He dances his way through 11 tracks, from his own pieces to time-proven standards as well as several John Coltrane compositions. His sound and ear for blending percussive chords with lengthy solo flurries remains pure and the recording is a true delight. Mr. Tyner performed into the 2010s but had quietly retired to his New Jersey home several years ago
McCoy Tyner's influence on other pianists in uncontested and one imagines his approach to the piano will never really fade away. He gave us so many musical gifts and the world is a much better place for his life!
Here's a tune from Mr. Tyner's 1972 Blue Note album "Extensions" (recorded in 1970) featuring Wayne Shorter (tenor saxophone), Gary Bartz (alto sax), Ron Carter (bass), Elvin Jones (drums), and Alice Coltrane (harp):