Monday, February 4, 2013

McCoy Tyner at Newport

Live at Newport was the first live recording McCoy Tyner led, and it happened to be among his most memorable dates for Impulse, but like many memorable sessions, it was the end result of equal parts planning, spontaneity, and talent. According to Willis Conover's original liner notes, Tyner was worn out from playing Montreal the night before, and he was paired with three musicians he'd never played with before (trumpeter Clark Terry, alto saxophonist Charlie Mariano, and bassist Bob Cranshaw), two of who were using borrowed instruments. Given such chaotic circumstances, it's not surprising that the quintet (also featuring drummer Mickey Roker, a former colleague of Tyner's) chose to play two standards, plus Tyner's "Monk's Blues," Dizzy Gillespie's "Woody 'n' You," and the improvised opening jam, "Newport Romp." What is a surprise is that not only does the group hold together, but they excel. They sound empathetic, as if they've played many times before, yet there are enough sparks to signal that they're still unsure of what the other will play. The results are thoroughly compelling and unpredictable, even when it's just a Tyner showcase, like "Monk's Blues." Essentially a solo showcase with support from Cranshaw and Roker, Tyner really pushes on this number, beginning it as a Monk homage and pushing it to continually inventive territory. It's the riskiest playing on the record from Tyner, but just because Live at Newport isn't as risky as his work with Coltrane during the early '60s doesn't mean it's limp or complacent. It's straight-ahead hard bop in the best possible sense -- accessible but stimulating, engaging and vibrant from beginning to end.
Stephen Thomas Erlewine

Source :

McCoy Tyner
Live at Newport


1 Newport Romp (Tyner) 7:45
2 My Funny Valentine (Hart, Rodgers) 8:03
3 All of You (Porter) 6:24
4 Monk's Blues (Tyner) 7:14
5 Woody 'N You (Gillespie) 9:00

Clark Terry - tp [except on # 3 & 4]
Charlie Mariano - as [except on # 3 & 4]
McCoy Tyner - p
Bob Cranshaw - b
Mickey Roker - dr

Recorded live at Newport Jazz Festival, Rhode Island ; July 5, 1963


ZM-JazzRock said...


Kovina Kris said...

I'm very happy to finally get this classic album. Thank you so very much Mel!

grumpy said...

Thanks Mel, I can replace my old cassette at last.

swingingduck said...

Thank you for this excellent album.

val said...

Un grand merci pour cet album, malheureusement, comme ci-dessus, impossible de décompresser avec le mot de pass habituel.

A big thank you for this album, unfortunately, as above, can not do it with the word paqss usual.

Thanks from Belgium !

The Jackal said...

What a milestone album and I can replace my Dad's old LP

Baruch said...

cvllos said...

Mel, Rapidshare denies our access to dload.

Albertito Jazz said...

¡Melanchthon, muchísimas gracias por los últimos discos!

jazzcat1228 said...

Thank you Mel and Baruch!

woolfnotes said...

This downloads instantly but there's no content. I did try a few times using this Rapidshare link