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Best remembered as the powerful pianist in the great John Coltrane Quartet, McCoy Tyner's unique piano style, strong and solid yet open-aired and flowing, has made him arguably the most influential and inspiring jazz pianist in the past half-century. He's played with countless jazz groups, culminating in his years with Coltrane from 1960 to 1965, but has also enjoyed a successful career as a bandleader on his own, and his recorded work is remarkable for its strength, quality, and consistency. This brief ten-track compilation, part of GRP's Priceless Jazz Collection series, finds Tyner working on different sessions with Frank Strozier (alto saxophone), John Gilmore (tenor saxophone), Thad Jones (trumpet), bassists Art Davis, Steve Davis, Henry Grimes, Jimmy Garrison, and Butch Warren, and with drummers Elvin Jones, Lex Humphries, Roy Haynes, and Albert "Tootie" Heath, all recorded at the famed Van Gelder Studio in Englewood Cliffs, New Jersey.


Born: December 11, 1938 in Philadelphia, PA

Genre: Jazz

Years Active: '60s, '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

It is to McCoy Tyner's great credit that his career after John Coltrane has been far from anti-climatic. Along with Bill Evans, Tyner has been the most influential pianist in jazz of the past 50 years, with his chord voicings being adopted and utilized by virtually every younger pianist. A powerful virtuoso and a true original (compare his playing in the early '60s with anyone else from the time), Tyner (like Thelonious Monk) has not altered his style all that much from his early days but he has...
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