Sunday, October 26, 2008

McCoy Tyner - Horizon

From All Music Guide:
"McCoy Tyner has fronted many mid-sized ensembles, but this one ranks with the very best he has led. As violinist John Blake jives and jousts with alto and soprano saxophonist Joe Ford and the incindiary tenor saxophonist George Adams, Tyner realizes a perfectly balanced, extroverted, compatible and utterly unique front line. It enables him to offer some of the most remarkable, memorable and powerful music of his career. It all starts with the magnificent opener "Horizon" (this CD also includes a previously unreleased alternate take) which goes though a variety of dynamic rhythm changes, clarion calls, tinkling or rumbling piano set-ups prior to the band bursting loose, Afro-Cuban incursions, concise, inspired solos, and all powered by absolute perfect rhythm navigating from drummer Al Foster aside colorful percussive inserts by Guliherme Franco. It is one of the greatest single compositions of Tyner's career...sheer genius, period...The front cover has a silhouette of Tyner's face superimposed as lightning strikes fronting a raging thunderstorm, a great piece of art, as is this extraordinary recording, which cannot come more highly recommended."
A better use of violin in modal jazz will be hard to come by...

Both versions of Horizon by McCoy Tyner, from Horizon [Keepnews Collection]