Live 1975

McCoy Tyner

The immortal pianist performs two powerful numbers with his quintet

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McCoy Tyner was a unique pianist, one of the most influential to mature during the 1960s, and a powerful player who led many excellent groups.

One of Tyner’s finest bands was his quintet of 1973-75 which recorded several gems for the Milestone label.

With the 23-year old Azar Lawrence on tenor and soprano, bassist Juini Booth, drummer E.W. Wainwright Jr. (who never actually recorded with the pianist), and percussionist Guillerme Franco, Tyner performs an emotional and spiritual version of “My One And Only Love” and a lengthy rendition of “Sama Layuca.”

In addition, McCoy Tyner (who was 37 at the time) is insightful during an onstage interview.

– Scott Yanow


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