Saturday, October 18, 2008

McCoy Tyner - Inner Voices

Two views on an interesting record. First from the record label's website:
"Not all of the voices are inner in this McCoy Tyner album. The prodigious pianist devised choral backgrounds and horn orchestrations for original compositions that have the continuity of a suite. The album displays early evidence of the ability as a big band arranger that was to bring Tyner praise, recognition, and awards in the 1990s. With a superb rhythm section and the high-energy soloing of trumpeter Jon Faddis, saxophonist Alex Foster, trombonist Charles Stephens, and Tyner himself, the album is a rounded and stimulating statement of Tyner's progress and accomplishments in the late Seventies. Bassist Ron Carter, guitarist Earl Klugh, and drummers Jack DeJohnette and Eric Gravatt sustain rhythmic force of an intensity to match Tyner's."
From All Music:
"This project by the powerful pianist McCoy Tyner is a bit unusual in that he is featured with an all-star rhythm section (guitarist Earl Klugh, bassist Ron Carter, and either Jack DeJohnette or Eric Gravatt on drums), a horn section (which includes a few solos for trumpeter Jon Faddis, tenor saxophonist Alex Foster, and trombonist Charles Stephens), and seven voices. Tyner was responsible not only for the five originals but the arrangements, too. In reality, the voices were not needed (they stick out as a bit of a frivolity), but Tyner plays as strong as usual; he has yet to record an uninspired solo."
I have to agree - in part - with the comment about the voices. They really are not choral or background, they are clearly overdubbed and very strong in the mix. The vocal arrangements themselves are interesting and this record has grown on me as I've been listening to it...may not be appropriate as a first-stop on your way into McCoy's world but once you're there have a listen...

Opus from Inner Voices by McCoy Tyner