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McCoy Tyner Plays Ellington (Impulse)

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McCoy Tyner (piano), Jimmy Garrison (bass), Elvin Jones (drums),

Johnny Pacheco, Willie Rodriguez (percussion)


Composed by Duke Ellington & Steve Allen


Recorded: Englewood Cliffs, NJ, December 8, 1964


Rating: 95/100 (learn more)

During a period when McCoy Tyner was playing and recording full time with John Coltrane, the pianist also found time to appear on many other memorable sessions, including an album of Duke Ellington covers. On this laid-back number, Tyner is in top form. The bluesy structure gives Tyner the perfect excuse to swing. He combines wonderfully timed blues lines with his well-known cascading melodic lines. Latin percussion is a welcome addition to this already amazing Coltrane-less trio of Tyner, Garrison and Jones. From this point on, Tyner would continue to release highly received solo albums, besides making significant contributions to albums by Wayne Shorter, adding further to the seeds planted on this recording.

Reviewer: Jared Pauley

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