McCoy Tyner & Bill Frisell: Boubacar
Recorded: New York, September 7, 2006
Rating: 89/100 (learn more)
The guitar-piano duo remains a fairly rare setting in jazz, despite the happy precedents of Evans-Hall and Metheny-Mehldau. Tyner plays with surprising restraint here, and lets Frisell take the lead in shaping the flow and sensibility of the performance. The pianist merely adds some gently rhapsodic touches behind the guitar melody. There are no solos here, but Frisell's composition has a bittersweet, poignant flavor, and the two artists present it with high drama.
Reviewer: Ted Gioia