Thursday, July 26, 2007

McCoy Tyner: Nights of Ballads & Blues

This is a really pretty, "cool" jazz record. I almost feel like McCoy had to make this and Inception, his first record as a leader which I blogged about last week here), before he could begin making the kinds of records he did over the next fifteen years or so...those where he fully defined his sound, experimented with various line-ups and instrument combinations and of course, accompanied Coltrane on some of the most exciting music around...

I don't make these comments to detract from what a great (and great sounding) record this is, and it stands up really well in its own right, but for me it is the appetizer at the beginning of a 4-star meal...

Groove Waltz
Blue Monk
from Nights of Ballads and Blues