McCoy Tyner: Survival Blues
Englewood Cliffs, NJ, February 9, 1970
Extensions (Blue Note)
Rating: 96/100 (learn more)
McCoy Tyner finds himself among elite company on Extensions. Recorded as jazz was entering the fusion period, this is a great example of just how good straight-ahead swing can sound. The song starts with Tyner's piano introduction as Ron Carter doubles the bassline and Elvin Jones rides the ride cymbal unlike anyone else, adding wonderful accents on the snare drum as well. Also featured, though at times hard to hear, is Alice Coltrane, who adds some nice textures with the harp. As the melody comes in, the one and only Wayne Shorter brings everything full circle with his exotic and tasteful blend of melodic explorations. This performance matches the superb quality of previous Shorter and Tyner albums where members of the Davis and Coltrane groups recorded together.
Reviewer: Jared Pauley