Sunday, January 13, 2008

McCoy Tyner - Tender Moments

I don't love this record. A lot of reviewers do, though. It is pretty sophisticated for such a young bandleader, featuring a nonet. Maybe it will grow on me...the large group makes it is a little claustrophobic for my liking...

McCoy is joined by trumpeter Lee Morgan, trombonist Julian Priester, altoist James Spaulding, Bennie Maupin on tenor, the French horn of Bob Northern, Howard Johnson on tuba, bassist Herbie Lewis, and drummer Joe Chambers. Count 'em, nine.

With the larger group, Man from Tanganyika is the best track, but my favorite on the record is the overlooked Lee Plus Three, which is a much more traditional arrangement with Lee Morgan backed by drums, bass and piano.

McCoy Tyner - Man from Tanganyika and Lee Plus Three from Tender Moments