McCoy Tyner: Passion Dance


Passion Dance


McCoy Tyner (piano)


The Real McCoy (Blue Note 97807)

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McCoy Tyner (piano), Joe Henderson (tenor sax), Ron Carter (bass), Elvin Jones (drums).

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

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