Tuesday, October 28, 2008

McCoy Tyner - 7-14-1973 - Pori, Finland

McCoy Tyner Quartet, live, July 14, 1973 8th Pori Jazz Festival, Yhteislyseo, Pori, Finland. I believe "Yhteislyseo" is the name of the venue and was one several that hosted events for the festival.

The Pori Jazz Festival started in 1966 and continues to this day. Their website maintains some interesting historical info about each year's fest, including line-ups, performance schedules, etc. Archival audio and video would be great, though there is a small photo section...here is what the site has to say about the 1973 edition, which this recording is taken from:
"The festival lasted three days, which had become a tradition. It started on July 13th and closing on July 15th.

In the 70's men had to wear jackets to enter restaurants but in the summer of 1973 some of the restaurants in Pori started bending the rules especially during the festival:

"An exception is the jazz festival weekend when the only thing required is to wear something. Clogs aren't allowed though because they may be dangerous while dancing.""
In addition to McCoy on piano, his quartet for this date was rounded out by Azar Lawrence on soprano and tenor saxes, Junie Booth on bass and Alphonse Mouzon on drums. The music seems to be part and parcel of a program McCoy toured with across the European festival circuit that summer (the complete performance from the Montreaux Jazz Fest from this run was released as the LP Enlightenment).

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McCoy Tyner Quartet, live, July 14, 1973 8th Pori Jazz Festival, Yhteislyseo, Pori, Finland