McCoy Tyner: Passion Dance
McCoy Tyner (piano)
The Turning Point (Birdology 513 163-2)
McCoy Tyner (piano),
Kamau Adilifu, Earl Gardner, Virgil Jones (trumpets), Steve Turre, Frank Lacy (trombones), John Clark (French horn), Howard Johnson (tuba), Doug Harris (soprano sax), Joe Ford (alto sax), John Stubblefield, Junior Cook (tenor saxes), Avery Sharpe (bass), Aaron Scott (drums), Jerry Gonzalez (percussion).
Composed by McCoy Tyner. Arranged by Dennis Mackrel.
Recorded: New York, November 19-20, 1991
Rating: 82/100 (learn more)
This is McCoy Tyner's hit song, and it was difficult to imagine any other version than the original on his The Real McCoy Blue Note album. Indeed, the big band is not really used at its maximum potential here. The piano opens solely with bass and drums. Then the rest of the band plays a barely harmonized melody and riffs of little interest during the long piano solo. Of course Tyner is his own titanic self, but John Stubblefield's tenor solo won't make you forget Joe Henderson on the original combo version. What remains of this big band trial, then, is volume, vigor, but definitely less … passion.
Reviewer: Thierry QuÃ©num