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Album Review

Pianist McCoy Tyner's first full-length trio album since 1964 was one of his most popular. Accompanied by bassist Ron Carter and Elvin Jones, Tyner (who uses harpsichord and/or celeste for flavoring on three of the six pieces) shows why he was considered the most influential acoustic pianist of the era (before Bill Evans began to surpass him in that category). Whether it be Jobim's "Once I Loved," "Impressions," "Ruby, My Dear" or Tyner's three powerful originals, this set finds Tyner in peak form.

Customer Reviews

A lot of sound from three instruments

This is a very intense trio session. Everyone plays hard on this album, Tyner especially, quite often in the "wall-of-sound" realm. Great and frequent solos from Elvin Jones and Ron Carter as well. If you love serious music, violent piano and incredibly expressive drumming this would be the one for you.

A very rich and exciting showcase of jazz piano

McCoy Tyner brings so much energy and emotion to the piano (and harpsichord!) that he turns a few bars of melody into an improvisational masterpiece. The original songs are great and there are excellent versions of Ruby My Dear, Impressions, and especially Once I Loved (O Amor Em Paz). This is the first album I've listened to with Tyner as the lead, and it is probably the best $5.99 I've spent this year.


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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