Saturday, December 17, 2016

McCoy Tyner Plays Ellington

This is an interesting project that works quite well. The already distinctive pianist McCoy Tyner utilized bassist Jimmy Garrison, drummer Elvin Jones and two Latin percussionists to interpret a full set of Duke Ellington songs (although "Caravan" was actually composed by Juan Tizol). For this CD the original seven tunes are joined by a "new" alternate take of "Gypsy Without A Song" and previously unreleased renditions of "It Don't Mean A Thing" and "I Got It Bad." In addition to some well-known standards, Tyner debuted an unrecorded Ellington piece "Searchin'" and revived "Mr. Gentle & Mr. Cool." This is an excellent outing that displays both Tyner's debt to the jazz tradition and his increasingly original style. A fine set.
Scott Yanow

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McCoy Tyner
Plays Ellington


1 Duke's Place (Ellington, Katz, Thiele)  3:18
2 Caravan (Ellington, Mills, Tizol)  3:32
3 Solitude (DeLange, Ellington, Mills)  5:10
4 Searchin' (Allen, Ellington)  4:33
5 Mr. Gentle and Mr. Cool (Rembert, Ellington)  6:28
6 Satin Doll (Ellington, Mercer, Strayhorn)  4:11
7 A Gypsy Without a Song (Tizol, Gordon, Singer)  4:55
8 It Don't Mean a Thing (If It Ain't Got That Swing) [prev. unreleased] (Ellington, Mills)  4:02
9 I Got It Bad (And That Ain't Good) [prev. unreleased] (Ellington, Webster)  5:57
10 A Gypsy Without a Song [alt. take] (Tizol, Gordon, Singer)  6:14


McCoy Tyner - p
Jimmy Garrison - b
Elvin Jones - dr
Willie Rodriguez & Johnny Pacheco - lat. perc [# 1, 2, 4 & 6]

Recorded at the Van Gelder Studio, Englewood Cliffs, New Jersey ; December 2 [# 8 & 9], December 7 [# 3, 5, 7 & 10] ; & December 8 [# 1, 2, 4 & 6], 1964.


cooljazz said...

Encore une fois, merci bien. J'aime cet album.

Melanchthon said...

deGallo said...

Thank you.

Anonymous said...

Thank you!

Fred Archtop said...

Wow! Looks appealing. Thanks Mel.

Mikel Hal said...

moltes Gracies

Pedro del Castillo Alonso said...

Thank you very much

sep troelstra said...

Many thanks!!

migue said...


musician3 said...

EXCELLENT.......................THANK YOU FOR ALL

zero said...

Really fine selection. Thank you!

Jazzsoulman said...

Thank You

kristophermc28 said...

Thanks Mel!

Kovina Kris said...

Nice post!