Thursday, April 7, 2016

The McCoy Tyner Trio - Inception & Reaching Fourth (1962)

This set combines two of pianist McCoy Tyner's early-'60s LPs for Impulse! Records, 1962’s Inception, which finds Tyner as part of a trio with bassist Art Davis and drummer Elvin Jones, and 1963’s Reaching Fourth, which features him in another trio, this time with bassist Henry Grimes and drummer Roy Haynes. The two LPs fit well together, spotlighting Tyner's early style, which was sparer and arguably less powerful than his later work with the John Coltrane Quartet.
Steve Leggett

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Those familiar with the dense, percussive style that pianist McCoy Tyner has cultivated since the 1970s onwards may be surprised by what they hear on Inception. Like Reaching Fourth and Nights of Ballads and Blues, this album gives listeners the chance to hear what a very young Tyner sounded like outside the confines of the classic John Coltrane quartet of the early '60s ; it reveals a lyrical approach to jazz piano that seems a far cry from Tyner's mature style. The choice of material is fairly evenly split between modal pieces like "Inception" and more harmonically involved tunes like "Speak Low," and the pianist's treatment of both demonstrates the extent to which his early work was rooted in bebop. Tyner had yet to develop the massive orchestral sound and highly distinctive vocabulary of modal licks that would mark his later style, and throughout this album he spins dizzyingly long and singing lines with an exquisitely light touch. The irresistible rush of forward momentum that he maintains on tracks like "Effendi" and "Blues for Gwen" is breathtaking, and there is an exuberant, almost athletic quality to much of his solo work. Bassist Art Davis and drummer Elvin Jones provide superb accompaniment throughout, and they lay a solid rhythmic foundation for Tyner's sparkling melodic flights. The pianist's penchant for drama, which asserts itself more strongly in his later work, is on brief display in the original ballad "Sunset" ; his skills as an arranger, though evident on several tracks, are perhaps best illustrated by the intricate contrapuntal treatment of "There Is No Greater Love."
Alexander Gelfand

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McCoy Tyner
Reaching Fourth


1 Inception (Tyner)  4:28
2 There Is No Greater Love (Jones, Symes)  6:21
3 Blues for Gwen (Tyner)  4:27
4 Sunset (Tyner)  4:41
5 Effendi (Tyner)  6:39
6 Speak Low (Nash, Weill)  6:18
7 Reaching Fourth (Tyner)  4:21
8 Goodbye (Jenkins)  5:46
9 Theme for Ernie (Lacey)  6:00
10 Blues Back (Tyner)  6:54
11 Old Devil Moon [From Finian's Rainbow] (Harburg, Lane)  7:27
12 Have You Met Miss Jones [From I'd Rather Be Right] (Hart, Rodgers)  3:47


[# 1-6]
McCoy Tyner - p
Art Davis - b
Elvin Jones - dr
Recorded in Englewood Cliffs, New Jersey ; January 10 [# 1, 4 & 5] & 11 [# 2, 3 & 6], 1962
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McCoy Tyner - p
Henri Grimes - b
Roy Haynes - dr
Recorded in Englewood Cliffs, New Jersey ; November 14, 1962

Pianist McCoy Tyner's second set as a leader has as of 1996 not been reissued on CD. Featured in a trio with bassist Henry Grimes and drummer Roy Haynes, Tyner performs two of his originals ("Reaching Fourth" and "Blues Back") plus three standards and "Theme For Ernie." One of the two most original and influential pianists to fully emerge in the 1960s (along with Bill Evans), McCoy Tyner's unique chord voicings and ease at playing creatively over vamps pushed the evolution of jazz piano forward quite a bit. This outing, although not as intense as his work with the John Coltrane Quartet, is generally memorable and still sounds quite viable 35 years later.
Scott Yanow

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deGallo said...

Thank you. I had these as mp3 so a very appreciated upgrade.

Quibus said...

thanks for these rather underrated Tyner sessions.

Sebastián Salinas said...

Password please!

Melanchthon said...

Pedro del Castillo Alonso said...

Thank you very much

Doug said...

Wow ... thanks.

Gaetano Bevilacqua said...

Many thanx

Pee said...

Loving all of the McCoy Tyner albums, thank you.

Anonymous said...

Thanks for Tyner, MM, love all of his music, early or late.

Jazzsoulman said...

Thank You