McCoy Tyner (Post-Bop)

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McCoy Tyner (Post-Bop)

Post by Musicgate on Tue Oct 19, 2010 9:17 pm

McCoy Tyner Quartets - 4x4

Жанр: Post-Bop
Дата записи: NYC, Mar. 3-6, May 29, 1980
Дата выпуска оригинала: 1980
Дата выпуска переиздания: Feb 02, 1993
Производитель диска, номер, страна: ® 1980 Milestone Records, MCD-55007-2 / © 1993, Fanfasy, Inc, Printed in U.S.A.

1. INNER GLIMPSE [McCoy Tyner) 6:18
2. MANHA DE CARNAVAL [Luiz Bonfa) 5:19
3. PARADOX (Cecil McBee) 6:51
4. BACKWARD GLANCE (John Abercrombie) 9:11
5. FORBIDDEN LAND (Tyner} 10:39
6. PANNONICA (Thelonious Monk) 5:57
7. I WANNA STAND OVER THERE (Bobby Hutcherson) 5:19
8. THE SEEKER (Tyner) 7:38
9. BLUES IN THE MINOR (Tyner) 8:05
10. STAY AS SWEET AS YOU ARE (Gordon-Revel) 4:36
11. IT'S YOU OR NO ONE (Cahn-Styne) 6:27

On selections #1-3:
McCOY TYNER - piano, FREDDIE HUBBARD - trumpet; flugelhorn (on "Manha de Carnaval"), CECIL McBEE - bass, AL FOSTER - drums
Recorded May 29, 1980.

#4 and 5:
McCOY TYNER - piano, JOHN ABERCROMBIE-electric mandolin, CECIL McBEE - -bass, AL FOSTER - drums
Recorded March 5, 1980.

McCOY TYNER - piano, BOBBY HUTCHERSON - vibes, CECIL McBEE - bass, AL FOSTER - drums
Recorded March 6, 1980.

McCOY TYNER - piano, ARTHUR BLYTHE - alto saxophone, CECIL McBEE - bass, AL FOSTER - drums
Recorded March 3, 1980.

Recording and remix engineer - Rudy Van Gelder (Van Gelder Studios, Hackensack, NJ)
Digital remastering, 1993 - Phil De Lancie (Fantasy Studios, Berkeley)

** also issued on Milestone MCD 55007-2

Chart positions

Jazz Albums #18

The concept behind 4 X 4, the second to last of McCoy Tyner's many collaborations with producer Orrin Keepnews, was to bring in four different soloists and have them record a few tunes with the pianist, bassist Cecil McBee, and drummer Al Foster. Freddie Hubbard's three selections start the recording and make for exciting and coherent takes--Hubbard's flugelhorn on "Manha de Carnival" is especially beautiful, and the quartet plays with conceptual unity. John Abercrombie's selections with Tyner are interesting in their novel juxtaposition of Tyner with electric guitar (mandolin, actually--it sounds high and thin). Vibes player Bobby Hutcherson's mixture of melody, texture, and technique is always a welcome combination, and here he sounds completely at ease.
The pairing of Tyner and alto saxophonist Arthur Blythe, however, is the real surprise; they sound like long-lost brothers. When they trade fours on the Tyner composition "Blues in the Minor," it sounds like jazz history in the making. McBee and Foster are ideal collaborators, matching Tyner's energy and technique, and expanding the grooves without distracting from the soloists. This is a wonderfully varied album by a completely original pianist.

4 x 4 was originally issued as a double LP; now it is available on one CD. Each of the LP four sides features a different soloist with Tyner's trio. Freddie Hubbard plays on side one, John Abercrombie on side two, Bobby on side three, and Arthur Blythe on side four. I've got to say that I think the performances with Bobby are the most compelling ones. (No surprise there, I guess.) The opening track is Monk's "Pannonica." Bobby's playing has a sort of gentle wonderment. His approach to Monk's music is quite different than the composer's; it's less angular and less opaque, but Hutcherson clearly has an affinity for Monk's music. The second track is "I Wanna Stand Over There," a fine composition by Hutcherson. Cecil McBee is a monster on this cut. His superb playing is also especially noticeable on the final track, "The Seeker." It's a typical Tyner composition: surging, volcanic, oceanic. (The nature metaphors are inevitable when describing his music!) Tyner and Hutcherson are a fantastic pairing. This track is one of their strongest collaborations, reminiscent of their work on Sama Layuca.


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