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McCoy Tyner

It is to McCoy Tyner's great credit that his career after John Coltrane has been far from anti-climatic. Along with Bill Evans, Tyner has been the most influential pianist in jazz of the past 50 years, with his chord voicings being adopted and utilized by virtually every younger pianist. A powerful virtuoso and a true original (compare his playing in the early '60s with anyone else from the time), Tyner (like Thelonious Monk) has not altered his style all that much from his early days but he has continued to grow and become even stronger.

Tyner grew up in Philadelphia, where Bud Powell and Richie Powell were neighbors. As a teenager he gigged locally and met John Coltrane. He made his recording debut with the Art Farmer-Benny Golson Jazztet, but after six months left the group to join Coltrane in what (with bassist Jimmy Garrison and drummer Elvin Jones) would become the classic quartet. Few other pianists of the period had both the power and the complementary open-minded style to inspire Coltrane, but Tyner was never overshadowed by the innovative saxophonist. During the Coltrane years (1960-1965), the pianist also led his own record dates for Impulse.

After leaving Coltrane, Tyner struggled for a period, working as a sideman (with Ike and Tina Turner, amazingly) and leading his own small groups; his recordings were consistently stimulating even during the lean years. After he signed with Milestone in 1972, Tyner began to finally be recognized as one of the greats, and he has never been short of work since. Although there have been occasional departures (such as a 1978 all-star quartet tour with Sonny Rollins and duo recordings with Stephane Grappelli), Tyner has mostly played with his own groups since the '70s, which have ranged from a quartet with Azar Lawrence and a big band to his trio. In the '80s and '90s, Tyner did the rounds of labels (his old homes Blue Note and Impulse! as well as Verve, Enja, and Milestone) before settling in with Telarc in the late '90s and releasing a fine series of albums including 2000's Jazz Roots: McCoy Tyner Honors Jazz Piano Legends of the 20th Century and 2004's Illuminations. In 2007, Tyner returned with the studio album McCoy Tyner Quartet featuring saxophonist Joe Lovano, bassist Christian McBride, and drummer Jeff "Tain" Watts. ~ Scott Yanow, Rovi
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My favorite things by Coltrane is great, but it is McCoy Tyner's work on the song that makes it a classic. One of the best piano solos anywhere.
LAND OF THE LONELY, is McCoy playing a harpsichord ? X
absolutely hands down the greatest living jazz pianist, whose unique voicings also influenced Coltrane, though people don't talk about that...a true pioneer, and strangely, not as famous in the general population as he should be--but I guess Bach wasn't in his lifetime either...on the same level..
absolutely the greatest living jazz pianist, hands down, and strangely underrated.. .
Billy holiday
1 OF THE BEST
Gumchewerhot l i n e I loved Milestone Jazz Stars. McCoys left hand defines classic jazz for me
long time....Looo o o o o n g Time..
One of the greats.. Damn sure sound like it... ;-)
dont read this because it actually works. u will be kissed by the love of your life on the nearest friday. tommorrow will be the best day of your life. but if you do not post this in two day you will die. now u have started dont stop. put this on atleast 5 songs in 143 minutes and when done press f6 and ur lovers name will appear on the screen
dont read this because it actually works. u will be kissed by the love of your life on the nearest friday. tommorrow will be the best day of your life.
You can always tell good jazz. It sparkles. This sparkles.
Have been fortunate to see McCoy Tyner several times most recently about 5 years ago in Detroit. There are not enough words to describe the legend that he is, I hope he is around for a long time to come. Along with Sonny Rollins and Wayne Shorter he is one of the lasts links to a great bygone era of the music we love!!!!!
Saw McCoy as part of the Milestone Allstars tour back in the late 70's. Him, Ron Carter, Sonny Rollins and Tony Williams. I still remember it.
Always great.
clarence_shi e l d s
Went to see McCoy Tyner and Betty Carter at the Great American Music Hall in San Francisco the mid 1980's....Fa n t a s t i c show. He had Paulino deCosta on percussion while performing his Festival in Bahia and Betty Carter was amazing as always. One of my most memorable concerts.
I heard McCoy play at the Blue Note with Ravi Coltrane in August 2011. It gave me chills to see those two together. I just stumbled in there at the last minute, not knowing who was going to be playing, got the last seat in the house and... amazing.
I think that's Joe Henderson on tenor on New York Reunion.
I saw Mccoy 20 years ago in Boston. He is an amazing pianist. Arguably the greatest living jazz pianist..
mystical,tan t a l i z i n g sound.
This cat is smooth...... . . .
I saw him in 80's at the Village Gate in NYC. Simply amazing! My favorite piano player! His left hand is so active, even when he is soloing with his right at unbelievable speed and fluidity, you would think it has to be more than one piano player, or that it is overdubbed. Nope, he's that good!
I first saw him in l964 in a basement bar in D.C. My friend and I were the only ones there but I knew then he was great and will always be.
When you see him live he doesn't make music, he creates magic.
he stilll sounds as strong as he did when i first heard him in the sixties on kulu se mama. they all scared critics when the young lions roared....ch a n g o
lbog32
Saw McCoy this year at Yoshis in San Francisco. The man has the strongest left hand of any Piano player that I have ever seen. Simply the best I have ever seen or heard.
mcgrawcommun i c a t i o n s
I would have liked to see the Fly With the Wind Album mentioned, such a gifted player
The man
A true pianist at heart .One of the truly great legends that can never be copied.One of a few greats that is really admired around our planet.
Lovely..
The bio says it all: he has remained relevant all these years with his distinct, immediately recognizable , sound
He just seems to catch my mood, never a note out of place, pulls me into a lesson before I realize I'm learning-if I'm listening to piano, I'd like to hear McCoy Tyner.
morenita777
Amazing
dwidlund5
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Endless creativity and energy--McCo y is the real McCoy. He seems to get better as he gets older. I'm not sure who can coax more resonance and color from the instrument.
WORD
What a pleasant surprise - #1 w/ Marc Ribot. Album is new and welcome to me.
I first heard McCoy Tyner when listening to an album of the John Coltrane Quartet almost 40 years ago, I've been listening to him ever since.
mccoy tyner has enriched and inspired me since I found his music. Thank you.
Another big bopper!
one of the music gods angels of music put on this earth with rare talent like davinci or botticelli
Great to see he's still around. Love this guy!
Epic and lovely.
Are you kiddin' me? - from the 60's through now - how is it even possible? Great on top of great! BF.
we are loving this and great to relax to. this is the tyner of the 60s that could play the h... out of a ballad.
An incredible genius of jazz. I've seen him live dozens of times in many different settings from solo to trios, quartets, large groups and big bands. He never ceases to amaze. Besides his awesome vision as a musician, McCoy is truly special in that he is a profoundly humble human being. He EXUDES a deep quiet spiritual vibration that makes it a joy to be in his presence. Truly one of the GREATS in music history. Catch him if you can!
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The man has few rivals...his fingering and overall technique set a standard for others to emulate
Epic jazz...I've run out of words except to say those feeding off his genius were equally outstanding.
Art Tatum, Bud Powell, Oscar Peterson and McCoy Tyner are the pillars of jazz piano
There's not really much that needs to be said about McCoy Tyner. He's a major pillar in jazz history. His music is food for the soul.
love his music for years

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