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Reviewers: Don Mather, Marc Bridle, Ian Lace, Peter Woolf, Gerald Fenech

Collection: McCoy Tyner with Stanley Clarke & Al Foster
TELARC Jazz Stereo CD- 83488

1. Trane-like
2. Once upon a time.
3. Never let me go.
4. I want to tell you 'bout that.
5. Will you still be mine.
6. Goin' way blues.
7. In the tradition of.
8. The night has a thousand eyes.
9. Carriba.
10. Memories
11. I want to tell you 'bout that. ( Alternative take with acoustic bass)

Throughout the history of jazz, the jazz trio has always been an essential ingredient and the master's of the development of the music, have always featured in them, Nat Cole, Errol Garner and Oscar Peterson have been to the fore at various times and McCoy Tyner now has a trio which in it's style, is of equal standing with those jazz giants.

Tyner originally came to prominence as the pianist with John Coltrane, a man who changed the way we all play the saxophone and a genuine innovator. It was only after Coltrane's untimely death in 1967, that we all started to realise just how influential Mc Coy Tyner had been during that period of musical development. The fascinating thing about him is how his music continues to develop and the charismatic image which he brings to the live performance. That charisma even comes through to his recorded work which has a powerful presence about it.

The great jazz trio depends on the ability end empathy of the other two members, in Stanley Clarke on Bass and Al Foster on Drums, Tyner has the ideal complement. They are both sympathetic accompanists and outstanding soloists. From a personal point of view I am not wild about the Electric Bass, that is probably because I always think of Rock Bands when I hear it, but if we have to have it there is no-one better than Stanley Clarke. Fortunately it is his superb String Bass playing on the majority of the tracks.

Seven of the tracks are Tyner compositions and each is complete, they all have a distinctive melodic content and make excellent vehicles for the trio to improvise on.

Stanley Clarke contributed "In the tradition of." and there are three standards, "Never let me go", "Will you still be mine.", and "The night has a thousand eyes."

My favourite track is "Will you still be mine" , probably because it is a tune I play and I am familiar with. The more I play the CD and I have played it a lot, the more I find it difficult to be certain which one I like best! This album rates

My advice is go out and buy it! - Don Mather.

Don Mather is a Saxophone and Clarinet Player and Bandleader in England's West Midlands.


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