McCoy Tyner: Manalyuca
McCoy Tyner (piano)
Land of Giants (Telarc)
Charnett Moffett (bass), Eric Harland (drums).
Composed by McCoy Tyner.
Recorded: New York, December 10-11, 2002
Rating: 92/100 (learn more)
Since the turn of the new millennium, many jazz greats, including McCoy Tyner, have rediscovered the classic sound that made them so renowned in the beginning of their careers. Tyner enlists vibraphone master Bobby Hutcherson on this dark, Latin-influenced piece. It starts with an infectious bass riff, which is greatly enhanced by Eric Harland's drumbeat. At first you might think you were listening to an album from the '60s because of its sound. Tyner is in typical form with fluent melodic ideas and complex harmonic counterpoints. The ultimate beauty of this piece is that the musicians let the music breathe, in which space Charnett Moffett plays a great bowed upright bass solo. This is a fantastic song, plain and simple.
Reviewer: Jared Pauley