McCoy Tyner: Song of the New World

Track

Song of the New World

Artist

McCoy Tyner (piano)

CD

Song of the New World (Milestone)

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Musicians:

McCoy Tyner (piano), Hubert Laws (flute, piccolo), Sonny Fortune (flute),

Harry Smiles (oboe), Juney Booth (bass), Alphonse Mouzon (drums)

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Composed by McCoy Tyner

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Recorded: New York, April 6, 1973

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Rating: 88/100 (learn more)

This Latin-fueled number starts with McCoy Tyner's signature use of cluster chords and bass notes. It follows the motif of many songs heard on this album, but shows Tyner's diversity as an arranger with his inventive use of flutes. Sonny Fortune and Hubert Laws give this song the brightness that drives the melody, yet at times Tyner's piano drowns out the flutes. Parts of Tyner's solo remind me of the way an electric guitarist would phrase, with his rapid use of notes, giving the listener little time to think about what he has played. Still, this song is very much a gem on this oft-overlooked but experimental album from the piano master.

Reviewer: Jared Pauley

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