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McCoy Tyner became well-known as the pianist for the John Coltrane Quartet, and forty years after Trane’s death, he still draws from the musical and spiritual heft associated with that group. On Quartet, the essence of that sound lives on, but the band on hand for this live recording — Joe Lovano on tenor saxophone, bassist Christian McBride and drummer Jeff “Tain” Watts — has its own vibe as well. People have often referred to Coltrane’s legendary sheets of sound, but Tyner makes a big, beautiful noise, too, and Lovano is a natural for Tyner’s project. He’s influenced by Coltrane and can lean in that direction when he wants to, but he’s had his own voice for a while and uses it here to craft his engaging solos. Every track except one is an original and it’s interesting to hear what Tyner does with the familiar compositions at this point in his career. (Quartet was recorded in late 2006 and released in 2007.) The closer is a solo piano version of “For All We Know,” a standard from the 1930s. It’s a nice change of pace from the rest of the album and a chance to hear Tyner bring his touch to an old song.

Customer Reviews

he's the man

This is a great album. Lovano is killin! Tain & Christian swing like nothing else on earth. McCoy is McCoy. The real thing!!

Great band with the master

McCoy's always been able to slowly build up a great intensity both as a rhythm player and while soloing. I don't know if much of Coltrane's stuff would have been as intense without McCoy. Here he has a great band with him that flows perfectly upward with intensity as McCoy does.

McCoy Still Has It

This album has the power and emotive force of A Love Supreme. It simply kills. Many recommended The Real McCoy, but I purchased this first and I don't regret it one bit.


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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