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McCoy Tyner / George Coleman Quartet – Jazzfestival Bern 1998

McCoy Tyner / George Coleman Quartet – LIVE at the Jazzfestival Bern 1998

Tracklist: 1. I’ll Take Romance 2. What Is This Thing Called Love 3. Blues On The Corner 4. For All We Know 5. In A Sentimental Mood 6. The Night Has A Thousand Eyes . . . encore 7. Blue Monk

● Personnel: McCoy Tyner – piano George Coleman – tenor sax Avery Sharpe – bass Aaron Scott – drums

● McCoy Tyner / George Coleman Quartet – Jazzfestival Bern 1998 Live at 23. Internationales Jazzfestival Bern, Switzerland, May 10, 1998

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McCoy Tyner

McCoy Tyner, not only is an extraordinary pianist, and special representative of the style modal, but the delicacy of his touch, by the search for a sound that is always bright and the ornamental character of their improvisations, is one of the greats of modern jazz.

The role that he played in the bosom of the quartet of Coltrane, he has scored, no doubt, in an irreversible way, and always for good: the pianist of the peace, the smoothness, serenity and certainty; the opposite of the cast abroad the rage restless of their leader.

After his time at Blue Note, and recognized as one of the great pianists of the hardbop, McCoy Tyner, signed by the label Milestone and that same year recorded a masterpiece entitled: “Sahara” considered by Down Beat as the best jazz album of the year.

In 1959, offers some concerts in San Francisco with Art Farmer and Benny Golson, who will hire within the “Jazztet, a group with which he recorded his first album. It then returns to meet with Coltrane (1960-1965), by logging in to your quartet, replacing Steve Khun.

In 1963, Tyner was the winner in the referendum magazine’s annual “Donw Beat” within the category of “newstar” and his records “Impulse!”, once out of the group of Coltrane in those years, are all exceptional emphasizing its brilliance: “Night of Ballads & Blues” (Impulse, 1963) and “Live in Newport”, also in the same year.

He founded his own trio in 1966, and started a career as a freelance that leads you to the ends of the world and to play with the musicians, most diverse, and in 1967, he signed a contract with Blue Note, and in his recording debut with the blue seal, he left an extraordinary album titled: “The Real McCoy”.

In parallel, would record as a leader, throughout these six years, several albums with other musicians: Roy Haynes, Clark Terry, Thad Jones, etc., Coltrane found in Tyner type of pianist mode and likeness of Bill Evans, will be handled with comfort and ease in the area of modal jazz. In 1962, McCoy Tyner recorded for “Impulse!” his first album as a leader, titled “Inception”, with Art Davis on bass, and Elvin Jones on drums.

In 1973, he recorded another extraordinary album “Enlightment” and their contracts are multiplied by all the world. In 1978, is part of a tour of “All Stars” of the label Milestone next to Sonny Rollins, Ron Carter and Al Foster, and recorded one of the great albums in direct of modern jazz.

In 1987, he is, obviously, one of the leading musicians on an international tour in tribute to Coltrane, and is presented in a trio with bassist Avery Sharpe and drummer Louis Hayes.

Pianist and composer American, McCoy Tyner had the fortune of his mother, a pianist, stimulating you in its early days, and from 1953 he runs his own training of young musicians.

A neighbor of the brothers Powell, Richie and Bud, perfect with them the knowledge of harmony and the use of pedals. In the mid-50 also works with orchestras of Philadelphia, a city particularly vibrant from the point of view of musical improvisation thanks to the presence in it of instrumentalists as solid as, Lee Morgan, Benny Golson, or Helen Grimes.

During this period, accompanying soloists of weight as Kenny Dorham, Jackie McLean, Benny Golson, Sonny Rollins, or Max Roach. In 1956 known to John Coltrane, with whom he played in the “Red Rooster” during a week. Composed for the saxophonist, “The Believer”, one of his compositions, and he records the following year.

McCoy Tyner, who achieved immortality as the jazz accompanying John Coltrane as part of his legendary quartet of the sixties, and then developed a career without blemish as a leader, passed away on March 20, 2020, at the age of 81 years.

McCoy Tyner was one of the pianists most original and influential in the history of jazz, thanks to its unparalleled left hand and your touch percussive, elegant, and thoughtful.