Friday, March 14, 2008
Yahoo LAUNCHCAST Song Of The Day-McCoy Tyner
Pianist McCoy Tyner is probably best known for his days with the "Classic" John Coltrane quartet in the 60s. But he's proven to be a very adventurous and satisfying musician over the years. He was born Dec. 11, 1938 in Philadelphia where jazz pianists Bud Powell & Richie Powell were neighbours. In 1960 he played with the Art Farmer-Benny Golson Jazztet but after six months he joined up with John Coltrane. He was part of the Coltrane band for five years. Afterwards, Tyner hit his stride as a recording artist with Milestone in the 70s. He experimented with orchestras, vocal chorales and even played harpsichord on one album. His layered playing style has influenced a generation of jazz pianists. He attempted to foray into more mainstream music in the early 80s. But since that was unsuccessful, he has basically recorded great jazz on various labels. Of course Crescent is a classic Coltrane song and Soliloquy is a CD of solo piano released on Blue Note in 1991. It's worth checking out. Tyner's most recent CD was released last Sept. on his own label with Joe Lovano on sax, Christian McBride on bass and Jeff "Tain" Watts on drums. Here's McCoy Tyner performing Giant Steps in Hamburg, Germany 1996.