McCoy Tyner: Passion Dance
McCoy Tyner (piano)
The Real McCoy (Blue Note 97807)
Recorded: Englewood Cliffs, N.J., April 21, 1967
Rating: 89/100 (learn more)
McCoy Tyner recorded his Passion Dance only a couple of years after he left John Coltrane’s quartet, and the spirit of the great saxophonist pervades the performance. The hard-driving jagged melody over a modal foundation provides a platform for intense improvisations by Tyner and tenorist Joe Henderson, whose fiery solo embellishes its basic hard-bop character with the cries, runs, trills, and honks of the free jazz of the period. The climactic duo improvisation by Tyner and Henderson on the tag is electrifying.
Reviewer: David Franklin