McCoy Tyner: Little Madimba
McCoy Tyner (piano)
Time For Tyner (Blue Note)
Herbie Lewis (bass), Freddie Waits (drums).
Composed by McCoy Tyner.
Recorded: Englewood Cliffs, NJ, May 17, 1968
Rating: 93/100 (learn more)
McCoy Tyner here shows his genius at utilizing the suspended chord in composition. As his career progressed, his songs also began to move towards a very African/Latin-influenced style, as shown by this track. Tyner and Bobby Hutcherson complement each other nicely, bleeding into the same instrumental range with pleasant, satisfying results. The mood is striking because the musicians attack the beat with their collective rhythms during the head and the solo sections; yet the song maintains a consistent, mellow vibe. Hutcherson and Tyner both play magnificently, each displaying advanced technique on his respective instrument.
Reviewer: Jared Pauley