McCoy Tyner: W/Stanley Clarke & Al Foster CD 2005

No longer trying to push the envelope of innovation, Tyner settles down with a pair of experts Clarke and Al Foster they carve out a very nice, fairly orthodox piano trio album. This is Tyner reaffirming most of his strengths: the massive tone quality, the two-handed control over the entire keyboard, and the generally uplifting attitude conveyed through the shape of his melodic invention.

Track Listing

  Track # Title
1 Trane-Like
2 Once Upon a Time
3 Never Let Me Go
4 I Want to Tell You 'Bout That (Electric Bass Version)
5 Will You Still Be Mine
6 Goin' 'Way Blues
7 In the Tradition of
8 The Night Has a Thousand Eyes
9 Carriba
10 Memories
11 I Want to Tell You 'Bout That (Acoustic Bass Version - Alternate Take)

He does so in a program of six originals, three standards, and one tune by Stanley Clarke, mixing modal tunes, blues, funk, ballads, and a mildly Caribbean ringer. Only once does he evoke memories of the classic John Coltrane Quartet -- not in "Trane-Like" but in "The Night Has a Thousand Eyes." Clarke takes a break from the film studios and turns in one of his rare sessions on acoustic double bass, producing solid, faultless, relatively conventional support. He doesn't leave the electric bass entirely at home, however; his funky side bumps through one of the two versions of "I Want to Tell You 'Bout That," and he exercises low-key, electric subtleties on his "In the Tradition Of" and "Caribe." Foster throws himself skillfully into every situation; he is at ease in all idioms. The sound is excellent, with each instrument, even Tyner's formidable piano, in perfect balance. ~ Richard S. Ginell, Rovi


McCoy Tyner
With Stanley Clarke & Al Foster
28 June 2005
~ Discs:1 ~ Country:USA
Umgd/Telarc ( TEL )
Compact Disc


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