After a preliminary playing of these two solo piano CD's, I decided to review
them together because of a number of similarities. They were made in the
same recording studios in Stamford, Connecticut, Tyner's in two days and
Bruebeck's over a three year span. Dave's last session in Feb 2000 and McCoy's
in June of the same year, they probably used the same piano.
What came as a surprise to me, was that the two albums are not anything like
as different as I would have expected. The classically trained Brubeck has
always had a somewhat unique approach to improvisation and Tyner after all,
was the pianist on some of the worst of Coltrane, the part that borders on
What you soon discover, is that you are listening to two Keyboard Giants
playing a selection of some of the finest standard tunes and creating music
of real beauty. The sleeve note says that Brubeck uses a very analytical
approach to his solo piano playing, examining every chord, and perfecting
every change. For all we know Tyner may have done the same, but being the
'master jazzer' he is, he may have gone straight to the studio and played
the tunes, such is his command of the instrument.
Each CD adds up to about one hour of excellent solo piano music, they both
gave me great pleasure to listen to. Which did I like best? I really don't
know; I'm still surprised by the similarities.
Four Stars in each case.
Don Mather is a Saxophone Player and bandleader in Coventry, UK