(2006) The Impulse Story

Mccoy Tyner

... read moreMcCoy Tyner proved early on he was one of the most versatile pianists in jazz. His star, of course, rose with his boss John Coltrane's, yet Tyner held a separate identity in the music. His volume on the Impulse Story series is a fine picture of his creativity, discipline, and wide-ranging ability to...

01:03′:03″ 11 Songs

1
Mccoy Tyner
Greensleeves (Single Version)
3:46
2
Mccoy Tyner
Speak Low
6:17
3
Mccoy Tyner
Effendi
6:38
4
Mccoy Tyner
Reaching Fourth
4:18
5
Mccoy Tyner
Groove Waltz (Album Version)
5:26
6
Mccoy Tyner
Star Eyes
5:02
7
Mccoy Tyner
Newport Romp (Live At Newport)
7:46
8
Mccoy Tyner
Blues Back (Album Version)
5:19
9
Mccoy Tyner
Oriental Flower
3:45
10
Mccoy Tyner
Three Flowers
10:16
11
Mccoy Tyner
Searchin'
4:30
Released 01 January 2006, This Compilation ℗ 2006 The Verve Music Group, a Division of UMG Recordings, Inc.

Review

McCoy Tyner proved early on he was one of the most versatile pianists in jazz. His star, of course, rose with his boss John Coltrane's, yet Tyner held a separate identity in the music. His volume on the Impulse Story series is a fine picture of his creativity, discipline, and wide-ranging ability to play inside and outside the tradition. There are 11 cuts collected here. The set opens with Tyner's arrangement of "Greensleeves" used on Coltrane's Ballads album. There are two -- "Speak Low" and "Effendi" -- from his own label debut, Inception (with drummer Elvin Jones and bassist Art Davis); and another pair of cuts -- "Groove Waltz" and "Star Eyes" -- off Nights of Ballads and Blues. The rest of the material is taken from an assortment of records from his own titles -- Live at Newport, Today and Tomorrow, and McCoy Tyner Plays Ellington -- and those of others on the label such as "Blues Back" from Art Blakey's A Jazz Message, and "Oriental Flower" from the Jones-Jimmy Garrison outing Illumination! This is a cogent portrait of the artist from his tenure at Impulse, and showcases everything from the modal technique used with Coltrane to his unique voicings on standards, and his compositional skills as well. This is an excellent introduction. ~ Thom Jurek