Friday, October 17, 2008

McCoy Tyner - Supertrios

"The concept behind this 1977 McCoy Tyner album is an interesting one: one pianist, two different piano trios. Producer Orrin Keepnews had recently recorded Tyner in a trio setting (1975's Trident, with Elvin Jones and Ron Carter). Looking for variety, he hit upon the idea of teaming the pianist with two different rhythm sections...Drummer Tony Williams's off-center virtuosity is a good foil for Tyner...Williams leaves holes in odd places, creating unexpected ebbs and flows, and the result proves even more exciting than Tyner's prior trio recording. Eddie Gomez and Jack DeJohnette bring different qualities to the table. Gomez is a melodic bassist with a unique tone and long, arching, phrases (no doubt a result of his work with Bill Evans), while Jack DeJohnette has a funky implied beat and a musically radical sensibility..."
Let's do one track from each session...'I Mean You' (a Coleman Hawkins/Thelonius Monk composition) with Ron Carter and Tony Williams and McCoy's own 'Consensus', with Gomez and DeJohnette. Powerful stuff.

I Mean You and Consensus from McCoy Tyner Supertrios