Saturday, January 10, 2009

McCoy Tyner live with Carlos Santana

McCoy Tyner, live at the Kool Jazz Festival, San Francisco Civic Auditorium, October 22, 1983. His band:

McCoy Tyner - piano
John Blake - violin
John Lee - bass
Wally Fletcher - drums

Joined for the final three tracks by:

Carlos Santana - guitar
Armando Peraza - percussion
Orestes Vilato - percussion

I am not a big fan of fusion but I have to say, Santana's records with John McLaughlin and Alice Coltrane offend me not in the least...and like those two performers McCoy is so distinctly his own voice that he more than holds up with Santana in the mix. He doesn't hold up, he positively shines...

If all you heard from this set was McCoy's take on Ellington's Prelude to a Kiss you'd be all good, but the track he wrote for and played with his guest, Senor Carlos, sizzles. Santana's guitar work just works...from there they pull off a stellar take on Carlos' own Hannibal after which the finale of Brotherhood is a bit unnecessary.

An essential set to listen to for fans of either musician.

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McCoy Tyner, live at the Kool Jazz Festival, San Francisco Civic Auditorium, October 22, 1983