Song:Blues On The Corner
Album:The Real McCoy
When McCoy Tyner left the John Coltrane quartet in 1965, he had a big dilemma. Though he had recorded a few solo albums for Coltrane's label Impulse Records, his musical identity was tied to Coltrane. Tyner and drummer Elvin Jones left the Coltrane band because Coltrane was getting into atonal free jazz and neither of them were interested in playing that kind of music. After trying a few things including a stint playing piano for Ike and Tina Turner, Tyner signed with Blue Note Records. The 1967 album The Real McCoy was Tyner's first album for Blue Note. The musicians are Joe Henderson on tenor sax, Ron Carter on bass and Elvin Jones on drums. All of the songs including Blues On The Corner are Tyner compositions. It's straightforward post bop jazz and the album is available as a budget CD so it's definitely worth getting. Tyner left Blue Note for Milestone in 1972. And it was in the 70s that Tyner became known for his adventurous use of strings and other things. And those 70s albums are Tyner's main musical identity. McCoy Tyner just celebrated his 77th birthday. He still tours and he has his own record label distributed by Half Note Records. Here's McCoy Tyner with Gary Bartz on sax, Gerald Cannon on bass and Eric Kamau Gravatt on drums performing Blues On The Corner at the Viersen International Jazz Festival in Germany Sept. 22, 2007.