Wednesday, February 25, 2009

McCoy Tyner Trio w/Gary Bartz - New York, NY - 2009-02-25

McCoy Tyner Trio with Gary Bartz McCoy Tyner Trio with special guest Gary Bartz at the Blue Note, New York, NY, February 25, 2009.

Caught both sets. The early show was a little less focused and fiery. The drummer, Eric Gravatt, in particular, was a little out of sync. McCoy and Bartz were still terrific, it just wasn't spot on. They covered some ground, though..."Mellow Minor", "Walk Spirit, Talk Spirit", Ellington's "In a Mellow Tone", "Fly With the Wind" (joined by McCoy's big band tuba player Howard Johnson...), "Blues on the Corner", etc.

The late show got deep, though...As I sit here I am drawing a complete and total blank as to what they opened with...Was it a Coltrane number...? Damn...There goes that last brain cell...Anyway, when they launched into "Sama Layuca", everyone stepped it up. McCoy played a couple of out solos, the drums and bass took at least one or two solos each but Bartz...holy cow...all I can tell you is that he had something to say and he said it!

I will update this post if and as I come across reviews, photos or recordings...