Monday, November 26, 2007

McCoy Tyner Plays Ellington

The young lions were able to show some respect!

Recorded in late 1964 these sessions were respectful but not staid. The trio of McCoy, Elvin Jones and Jimmy Garrison were aided and abetted by some crisp Latin percussion, which added a distinctive flair to this release.

As with all of McCoy's initial Impulse! output, his unique sound is still coming together but already evident in his strong rhythm playing and fluid melody runs...his energy, which explodes on his later Blue Note releases, is really starting to bubble at the surface here...

McCoy Tyner - Duke's Place and Mr. Gentle and Mr. Cool
from McCoy Tyner Plays Ellington