Wednesday, November 19, 2008

McCoy Tyner - 13th House

I have been listening to this record non-stop all day. I cannot get over how good it sounds. The recording and mastering of this record is just astounding...the spatial separation in the instruments is especially noteworthy. At times, the line-up stretches to 14 pieces and each seems to occupy its own space in the sound plane. Stellar.

The music's pretty good, too ;-)

From All Music:
"After a decade of consistent recordings for Milestone, pianist McCoy Tyner ended his association with the label with this big band set. On originals by Tyner, Frank Foster and Jimmy Heath, such soloists are heard from as Hubert Laws (on flute and piccolo), tenor-saxophonist Ricky Ford, trombonist Slide Hampton, bassist Ron Carter, trumpeters Oscar Brashear and Charles Sullivan, and Joe Ford on soprano; everyone wanted to play with McCoy Tyner! The powerful music lives up to its potential..."
From the record label site:
"In 13th House, McCoy Tyner edged close to writing for a full-scale big band. With 14 pieces, including nine horns, at his command, Tyner made orchestral use of the chord voicings with which he influenced a generation of jazz players. In addition to his harmonies writ large and his stunning piano work, this album incorporates Tyner's love for percussion and rhythm. It has the combined forces of Airto Moreira and Dom Um Romão, giants of Brazilian music, plus the formidable drumming of Jack DeJohnette and the powerful bass of Ron Carter...Besides Tyner's, there are inspired solos from nearly every member of the band, including two who are often overlooked, trumpeter Charles Sullivan and saxophonist Joe Ford."
Great record.

McCoy Tyner - Love Samba from 13th House