McCoy Tyner

Discussion in 'Music Corner' started by Alright4now, Sep 15, 2021 at 10:51 AM.

  1. Alright4now

    Alright4now Forum Resident Thread Starter

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    Was listening to Coltrane's "My Favorite Things" for the first time in a while and noticed how in the middle Coltane doesn't play a note for five minutes. He just lets McCoy Tyner explore for 5 minutes of a 14 minute song.

    Can anyone recommend any McCoy Tyner albums that have that dreamy and psychedelic feel as in those five minutes? I wanna get lost in that for a while.
     
  2. Maggie

    Maggie funky but chic

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    Toronto, Canada
    It sounds like what you're looking for is mellower McCoy in a modal style with a hypnotic quality. During the '70s he would often have one or two tracks per album in that style. For example:

    "Above the Rainbow" and "Desert Cry" on Sama Layuca

    "
    The Discovery" and "The Promise" on Echoes of a Friend (a completely solo album; also includes a version of "My Favorite Things" -- highly recommended)

    "
    For Tomorrow" on Inner Voices

    Much of the album Trident

    You should probably find something you like on all of his '70s albums. After the 70s he was still great but his style became a bit more traditional.
     
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  3. Alright4now

    Alright4now Forum Resident Thread Starter

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    Awesome, thanks!
     
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  4. FillmoreGuy

    FillmoreGuy Forum Resident

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    I also recommend Trident. Would like to see some SACDs of his albums (Trident, Fly With The Wind, Song Of The New World etc.)
     
  5. dharma bum

    dharma bum Forum Resident

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    Focal Point, Trident or any of the 70s solo albums really.
     
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  6. BrentB

    BrentB Urban Angler

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    Seek out the 2lp Reevaluation: Impulse Years from the early 70's.
     
  7. Maggie

    Maggie funky but chic

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    Toronto, Canada
    To be honest, this isn't great advice considering what the OP asked about. The Impulse Reevaluation compilation for Tyner is a mix of a couple of later Coltrane pieces and stuff from Tyner's own Impulse albums. Tyner's Impulse albums ('62-'64) are mostly piano trios in a fairly traditional swing/bop style style, similar to Red Garland's piano trios for Prestige. They are excellent (almost all Tyner albums are excellent), but except for one or two tracks here and there, they don't have the hypnotic modal quality the OP is looking for.
     
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  8. PacificOceanBlue

    PacificOceanBlue Senior Member

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    Great OP/thread. I often marvel at Tyner's playing on Coltrane's My Favorite Things, and most of the solo work I have from him contains a traditional swing/bop style style, so I look forward to exploring @Maggie's suggestions.
     
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  9. Maggie

    Maggie funky but chic

    Location:
    Toronto, Canada
    I realize I should also have recommended the classic The Real McCoy from 1967, which has a couple of ballads with long, suitably contemplative solos in "Contemplation" and "Search for Peace." These are right in the "My Favorite Things" vein.
     
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  10. MarcS

    MarcS Forum Resident

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    The live versions of My Favorite Things really lets McCoy cut loose: anyway check this album out:
     
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  11. PacificOceanBlue

    PacificOceanBlue Senior Member

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    Yes, The Real McCoy is a great release.
     
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  12. Alright4now

    Alright4now Forum Resident Thread Starter

    Location:
    New Orleans, LA
    Trident is exactly what I was looking for. Super Dreamy but Elvin Jones keeps it from being sleepy. Thanks for the recommendation.

    I live a few blocks from Euclid Records New Orleans and cut outta work early and picked up Trident and Focal Point for less than $25 combined. Gonna dive into Focal Point tonight.
     

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