Tuesday, June 05, 2007
Yahoo LAUNCHCAST Song Of The Day-McCoy Tyner
Album:The Impulse Story
Along with Bill Evans, McCoy Tyner is likely the most influential jazz pianist of the second half of the 20th century. He was born Dec. 11, 1938 in Philadelphia. He became famous as part of the John Coltrane quartet from 1960-65. He also recorded some solo albums for Impulse and that is what this Impulse Story comp covers. Speak Low is a great song from his 1962 debut album Inception with Art Davis on bass and Elvin Jones on drums. Of course this comp doesn't tell the whole picture. He really hit his stride as a solo artist with Milestone Records in the 70s experimenting with strings, voices and Latin jazz. More recently he has recorded for Telarc with 2004's Illuminations his most recent CD. Pianists like Gonzalo Rubalcaba & Mulgrew Miller have acknowledged Tyner's influence and his work with Coltrane built a very strong legacy. This comp is worth checking out. Here's McCoy Tyner with the John Coltrane quartet performing Afro Blue in 1963.