Saturday, November 16, 2013

Saturday Night At The Liberal Curmudgeon: McCoy Tyner Quartet Live

The McCoy Tyner Quartet performed the beautiful John Coltrane composition "Naima" in the UK, 2002. Personnel included Tyner, piano; Bobby Hutcherson, vibes; Charnett Moffett, bass; and Eric Harland, drums. Tyner first played "Naima" as a member of John Coltrane Quartet in the early to mid 1960s. Coltrane wrote the song in 1959 as a tribute to his wife at the time, Juanita Naima Grubb.


Michael J. Mand said...

Although I don't profess to be a jazz expert by any means, it seems to me that McCoy Tyner is at his best when he is paying the music of John Coltrane. He has released at least three albums - that is, I have three in my collection - in tribute to his friend: 'Echoes of a Friend', 'Remebering John' and "McCoy Tyner Plays John Coltrane'. Tyner has always played the piano with a sensitivity; the love of his instrument and of the music stand out as with no other piano player. At least, that is my opinion. His birthday is December 11, which just happens to be a Friday. Perhaps a birthday celebration on SJI is in order. He will be 75.

Jeff Tone said...

I agree that a birthday celebration of McCoy Tyner would be in order on St. James Infirmary. He's one of the greatest jazz pianists ever. In addition to his interpretations of Coltrane, Tyner has released other outstanding albums, including "The Real McCoy," "Time for Tyner" and "New York Reunion."