McCoy Tyner: Peresina
McCoy Tyner (piano)
Expansions (Blue Note BST 84338)
Ron Carter (cello), Herbie Lewis (bass), Freddie Waits (drums).
Composed by McCoy Tyner.
Recorded: Englewood Cliffs, NJ, August 23, 1968
Rating: 85/100 (learn more)
"Peresina" begins as a 2-chord vamp on which Herbie Lewis states a distinctive bassline. Tyner proceeds to plays some of his familiar right-hand ruminations. The theme unfolds in the guise of the 3-part horn section playing a nice chart that varies in pace. After that, Tyner introduces the beautiful, Ellingtonian bridge that's repeated by Shorter, Shaw and Bartz in a complex arrangement that gives the effect of a pocket orchestra. Shorter's extended angular phrasing on the second round of that bridge is warm and discerning. The leader follows with his own solo that threatens to break out of the melody, but he reigns it in just in time on every occasion. Tyner plays perhaps a few too many notes at times, but the challenging, swinging composition and excellent support from other players still make "Peresina" a shining moment for him.
Reviewer: S. Victor Aaron