McCoy Tyner: Impressions
McCoy Tyner (piano)
Trident (Milestone OJC20 720-2)
Recorded: Berkeley, CA, February 18-19, 1975
Rating: 97/100 (learn more)
McCoy Tyner had not made a trio recording since 1964, when he walked into Fantasy Records studio in Berkeley to join bassist Ron Carter and drummer Elvin Jones for the two days of impassioned music-making that resulted in Trident. But during the intervening decade, the pianist had expanded his harmonic and melodic vocabulary, and also raised the intensity of his playing several notches. "Impressions" is a carryover from Tyner's days with John Coltrane -- just as "Impressions" was Coltrane's reinvention of "So What" from Trane's stint with Miles Davis. This is some of the finest modal piano work on record, and a reminder of why so many up-and-coming from that era were borrowing from Tyner's bag, imitating his trademark runs and howitzer keyboard voicings. A major work from a preeminent artist.
Reviewer: Ted Gioia