Review: ‘McCoy Tyner – ‘McCoy Tyner Quartet’’

An assured and vigorous performance captured at the Oakland, Calif., club Yoshi's on New Year's Eve a year ago, McCoy Tyner surrounds himself with all-stars capable of entering his intense and brawny realm.

An assured and vigorous performance captured at the Oakland, Calif., club Yoshi’s on New Year’s Eve a year ago, McCoy Tyner surrounds himself with all-stars capable of entering his intense and brawny realm. Joe Lovano’s sax, Christian McBride’s bass and Jeff “Tain” Watts’ drums operate on parallel lines with Tyner. This is not a session of contrasts; it is one that celebrates communicative powers as the musicians build a head of steam to run alongside Tyner. Much as that would seem to force the players to duke it out, they instead operate like football team’s offensive line taking turns leading the sweep. “Sama Layuca,” a tune that not only dates back 33 years but was a bracing example of how Tyner was almost single-handedly fighting fusion with an extension of the hard bop movement, is the 12½-minute centerpiece here. Eye-opening then, undiminished in quality now – a lot like Tyner, himself. Tyner performs at Catalina Bar & Grill in Hollywood Thursday through Sunday.

McCoy Tyner - 'McCoy Tyner Quartet'

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