Friday, October 31, 2008

McCoy Tyner - Berlin Jazz Days - November 6, 1976

1976 was a busy year for McCoy as three very diverse records were recorded and released (Fly Wtih the Wind, Focal Point and Four Times Four)...

This concert, from the Berlin Jazz Days festival on November 6, 1976, features a great program of tracks from those records. The problem is that the lineage on this recording is not so hot...levels are somewhat low and there is a fair bit of hiss. I felt compelled to offer it up, though, because there is some phenomenal playing if you can deal with the sound quality.

I don't have the personnel line-up though I suspect it is heavy up with his usual suspects of that era, Azar Lawrence and/or Gary Bartz on saxes, maybe Billy Hart on drums, Ron Carter perhaps...I am giving the recording another close listen now to make sure I didn't miss stage announcements of the line-up...If I hear them I will update the the way, the version of Fly With the Wind is friggin' epic.

McCoy Tyner - Berlin Jazz Days - November 6, 1976