Tuesday, June 24, 2003

McCoy Tyner - Land of Giants

From the label website:
"...Rhythmically complex and harmonically adventurous, McCoy Tyner’s Land of Giants reflects the √©lan of four master musicians relentlessly moving forward...a dynamic mix of new Tyner compositions and jazz standards, and features Bobby Hutcherson, the most accomplished vibraphonist of his generation, bassist Charnett Moffett and drummer Eric Harland. Indeed, Tyner credits this powerhouse quartet with inspiring him to write some of his best material in years...

Tyner’s partnership with Hutcherson, easily one of the most influential vibes players in jazz and a veteran of many noteworthy recording sessions, goes back to the 1960s. Tyner calls Bobby Hutcherson “not only a good friend, but one of the world’s greatest musicians,” and his thoughtful, full-bodied solos shine throughout the album.

It’s not just the assertive style of the participants, but Tyner’s well-crafted compositions that make Land of Giants so special. More than a distinctive pianist, he’s also a superb composer and arranger. Here Tyner contributes seven of ten tracks, including the rousing opener “Serra Do Mar,” the airy, elegant “December,” and the surging “Steppin.’” “Manalyuca” is reminiscent of “Sama Layuca,” the title track of Tyner’s classic 1974 Milestone album (which also featured Hutcherson). With power and inventiveness, Tyner’s quartet romps through mid-tempo cruisers “Back Bay Blues,” “The Search” and “Contemplation.” Also among the tracks are inspiring takes on Frank Loesser’s “If I Were A Bell,” Sam Lewis and J. Fred Coots’ “For All We Know” and Duke Ellington’s “In a Mellow Tone.”
McCoy Tyner - Land of Giants