McCoy Tyner: Nebula




McCoy Tyner (piano, percussion)


Enlightenment (Milestone)

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McCoy Tyner (piano, percussion),

Azar Lawrence (soprano & tenor saxes), Juney Booth (bass), Alphonse Mouzon (drums)


Composed by McCoy Tyner


Recorded: live at the Montreux Jazz Festival, Switzerland, July 7, 1973


Rating: 86/100 (learn more)

Recorded live at the Montreux Jazz Festival, which has historically produced memorable music, "Nebula" is one of many diamonds found on this live disc. The song opens with drummer Alphonse Mouzon playing a powerful samba beat, and additional percussion provided by McCoy Tyner over bass drones by Juney Booth. Tyner's solo is very avant-garde, but it works. The only complaint I have is the overall sonic quality. At times the piano drowns out even the drums, which are going full force in regards to dynamics. Regardless, this piece has a demented quality that makes for good, challenging listening.

Reviewer: Jared Pauley

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