Monday, June 16, 2008

McCoy Tyner - Sama Layuca

This record could easily be sub-titled, "The Spiritual Jazz All-Stars", with a line-up boasting Bobby Hutcherson on vibes, Gary Bartz on alto, Azar Lawrence on tenor and soprano, John Stubblefield on oboe and flute, bassist Buster Williams, drummer Billy Hart and two percussionists: Mtume and Guillerme Franco.

...Gary Bartz's saxophone playing is sweetly reminiscent of the legendary Coltrane's style throughout this original jazz classic...Tyner was spiritually driven and inspired to create music that echoed the sentiments of his ancestors. His skillful playing recognized the worlds of Africa, Latin America, and Asia in a most respectful way. His artistry was a gallant effort to depict a cultural stew that simmered in his music. It all boils over with the exuberance of young child let loose to play in the schoolyard of life. His supporting cast obviously held the same values, as their musicianship is unmatched, following Tyner every step of the way throughout this album...This is a necessary purchase for those of you that enjoy the more risqué side of jazz music.

McCoy Tyner: Paradox
from Sama Layuca