Monday, January 18, 2010

McCoy Tyner - Blue Bossa

Personally, I think this record gets a bad rap...featuring McCoy's core group of the era (Avery Sharpe on bass and Aaron Scott on drums), it was released in the midst of an explosive period of recorded output from the man...Joined on these February 1991 sessions by Rapael Cruz on Latin percussion and Claudio Roditi on the trumpet and flugelhorn, Blue Bossa's biggest fault is that, at worst, it may not be as great as the releases surrounding it (though even that is arguable...)...Almost 20 years on I find it holds up quite well in both sound quality and content.

This record starts with the title track, a nice workout on Kenny Dorham's Blue Bossa - a track which McCoy first played on nearly thirty years before this session on Joe Henderson's debut as a front man, Page One. Another highlight for me is the only McCoy original in the set, Rotunda, which first appeared on his very unique Inner Voices album in 1977...

One thing not open to debate - McCoy is at his usual fleet-fingered best throughout this album. Have a listen and dig the bonus tracks I threw in...


McCoy Tyner - Blue Bossa