McCoy Tyner: Sahara
McCoy Tyner (piano, koto, flute, percussion)
Calvin Hill (bass, reeds, percussion), Alphonse Mouzon (drums, trumpet, reeds, percussion).
Composed by McCoy Tyner.
Recorded: New York, January 1972
Rating: 90/100 (learn more)
Sahara marked one of McCoy Tyner's most successful periods as a commercial artist. Yet as encouraging as it is to see a jazz musician get the recognition he deserves, it's even better to discover that musical quality hasn't been sacrificed for commercial gain. Such is the case on this track. At 20+ minutes in length, "Sahara" allows the musicians to experiment with different instruments. Tyner plays koto, flute and hand percussion, while drummer Alphonse Mouzon plays trumpet during the intro. Sonny Fortune steals the show, however, with a rapidly paced soprano sax solo. A nice song from a good album that garnered Tyner the shine he was due as an artist.
Reviewer: Jared Pauley