Thursday, September 21, 2006

McCoy Tyner Trio with Pharoah Sanders - New York, NY - 2006-09-21

McCoy Tyner Trio with Pharoah Sanders at the Blue Note, New York, NY, September 21, 2006

I waited years to see this show. I have passed up or missed so many chances to see McCoy and/or Pharoah, but this series of shows at the Blue Note in honor of Coltrane's 80th birthday got me off the couch.

Only myabe 5 pieces stretched over a roughly 60-minute set but their version of "Afro Blue" was worth the (steep) price of admission all by itself. It was so exciting to hear McCoy's sound on the piano in person after years of listening to him on record. And Pharoah, well he definitely aired it out. Some really great playing. And effortless...man.

Charnett Moffett was on bass. He was the bass player on one of my all-time favorite records, which I recommend to anyone who likes loud music, Sonny Sharrock's Ask the Ages. The drummer, Eric Kamau Gravatt, was the weakest link, I thought. He was a little stiff and seemed distracted by his gear, constantly fiddling and tweaking.

They are at the Blue Note until Sunday, go if you can.