A McCoy Tyner Primer

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Legendary pianist McCoy Tyner recently released a new album, adding to an extensive catalog that dates back to the early 1960s. Now pushing 70, Tyner still sounds as original as ever. Three of the selections for this set were recorded during this decade, while two date back to the beginning of Tyner's career.

A McCoy Tyner Primer

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Walk Spirit, Talk Spirit

  • Artist: McCoy Tyner
  • Album: Quartet

New Tyner

This infectious song, performed by a driven quartet, was recorded live in 2006 at Yoshi's in Oakland, Calif. Joining Tyner for the date are Joe Lovano on sax, Christian McBride on bass and Jeff "Tain" Watts on drums.

From McCoy Tyner Quartet (2007).

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  • "Walk Spirit, Talk Spirit"
  • Album: Quartet
  • Artist: McCoy Tyner
  • Label: McCoy Tyner
  • Released: 2007
 
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Comtemplation

  • Artist: McCoy Tyner
  • Album: Land of Giants

With Vibes

This Tyner original is contemplative and haunting. The quartet features Bobby Hutcherson on vibes, an instrument not often heard on Tyner recordings.

From Land of Giants (2003).

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  • "Comtemplation"
  • Album: Land of Giants
  • Artist: McCoy Tyner
  • Label: Telarc
 
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Mr. Day

  • Artist: McCoy Tyner
  • Album: McCoy Tyner Plays John Coltrane: Live at the Village Vanguard

Tyner on Coltrane

This recording was made at New York's famed Village Vanguard on John Coltrane's 71st birthday: Sept. 23, 1997.

From McCoy Tyner Plays John Coltrane — Live at the Village Vanguard (2001).

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  • "Mr. Day"
  • Album: McCoy Tyner Plays John Coltrane: Live at the Village Vanguard
  • Artist: McCoy Tyner
  • Label: Impulse!
 
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Autumn Leaves

  • Artist: McCoy Tyner
  • Album: Today and Tomorrow

Vintage Tyner

The joy and lightness present in this song reflects all the best qualities of autumn. This 1963 recording sounds just as fresh as Tyner's most recent work.

From Today and Tomorrow (1963).

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  • "Autumn Leaves"
  • Album: Today and Tomorrow
  • Artist: McCoy Tyner
  • Label: GRP Records
  • Released: 1963
 
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Satin Doll

  • Artist: McCoy Tyner
  • Album: Nights of Ballads and Blues

Plays On Duke

This oft-recorded jazz standard composed by Duke Ellington and Billy Strayhorn is performed by a 24-year-old Tyner on the third record in his long musical career.

From Nights of Ballads and Blues (1963).

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  • "Satin Doll"
  • Album: Nights of Ballads and Blues
  • Artist: McCoy Tyner
  • Label: Universal
  • Released: 1963
 

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  • Album: McCoy Tyner Quartet
  • Artist: Mccoy Tyner Quartet
  • Label: McCoy Tyner
  • Released: 2007
 

Land of Giants

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Today and Tomorrow

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  • Label: GRP/Impulse!
  • Released: 1963
 

Nights of Ballads and Blues

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