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Reviewers: Don Mather, Dick Stafford, Marc Bridle, John Eyles, Ian Lace, Colin Clarke

McCoy Tyner

Warsaw Jazz Jamboree (1991)


    1. Beautiful Love
    2. Suddenly
    3. Giant Steps
    4. Darn That Dream
    5. Miss Bea
    6. Bluesin’ with Bob
    7. You Taught My Heart to Sing
    8. Rhythm-N-Ning
    9. Lady From Caracas
    10. Monk’s dream
    11. Rio
    12. Naima


This solo piano session kicks off with that lovely old tune Beautiful Love, the sleeve credits this to McCoy Tyner as composer. I am not too sure that Vincent Young, who wrote it, would be too happy about that! McCoy Tyner’s performance of the tune however I am sure he would be happy with, it is sublime.

Suddenly really is a Tyner composition and demonstrates his ability as a composer, unfortunately my review copy had a fault on this track and so I only caught the theme. Tyner’s former boss, the late John Coltrane for whom he was in the piano chair for 6 years, wrote Giant Steps. During this period, Tyner will have become very familiar with this theme as it was always requested wherever ‘Trane’ played. This performance is sheer virtuosity as he dazzles us with tempo changes and a technique the equivalent of anyone in the business.

Darn That Dream is a beautiful melody, in his performance of it, we can hear his influences Art Tatum, Monk, Bud Powell and even Oscar Peterson, all blend into the unique style that is McCoy Tyner.

The next 3 tracks Miss Bea, Bluesin’ with Bob and You taught My Heart are all Tyner originals. I had to listen a few times to these tracks to understand what was happening, but found the exercise most rewarding.

There are two Monk compositions Rhythm-N-Ning and Monk’s Dream. On the former, Tyner generates enormous swing in the way I have only heard Oscar Peterson manage previously. The last track is another Coltrane tune Naima.

I don’t know whether the audience was in a state of shock from the sheer brilliance of this performance, because the applause at the end was not as enthusiastic as could have been expected from such an outstanding performance.

Congratulations to TDK for releasing it


Don Mather

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