McCoy Tyner: Atlantis
McCoy Tyner (piano)
McCoy Tyner (piano),
Azar Lawrence (soprano & tenor saxes), Juney Booth (bass), Wilby Fletcher (drums), Guilherme Franco (percussion).
Composed by McCoy Tyner.
Recorded: live at the Keystone Korner, San Francisco, CA, August 31, 1974
Rating: 87/100 (learn more)
This song opens with a simple introduction as Guilherme Franco plays several bells and percussion. McCoy Tyner next plays a solo leading to the main part. Clocking in at over 18 minutes, this is one of the longest Tyner tracks on record, whether in the studio or during a live performance. But its length only adds to the beauty, as the band weaves in and out of this Latin-influenced groove. Wilby Fletcher really gets the job the done on drums, and is further aided by Franco's wonderful percussion work. Tyner's solo is preceded by Azar Lawrence's tenor sax solo, which sets up Tyner perfectly. Though none of these sidemen is a household name, they give Tyner an ideal backdrop for his explorations.
Reviewer: Jared Pauley