McCoy Tyner: Update




McCoy Tyner (piano)


The Turning Point (Birdlogy)

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McCoy Tyner (piano),

Kamau Adilifu, Earl Gardner, Virgil Jones (trumpets), Frank Lacy, Steve Turre (trombones), John Clark (French horn), Howard Johnson (tuba), Doug Harris (flute), Joe Ford (alto sax), Junior Cook, John Stubblefield (tenor saxes), Avery Sharpe (bass), Aaron Scott (drums), Jerry Gonzalez (percussion)


Composed by McCoy Tyner


Recorded: New York, November 19-20, 1991


Rating: 92/100 (learn more)

One of the real beauties of jazz is how combinations of instruments can open up the power and capability of an ensemble. I always love hearing how songs can be transformed by a big band. I particularly enjoy hearing McCoy Tyner's music played by a big band, as epitomized by The Turning Point. McCoy sounds absolutely stunning with a full band behind him, and the orchestrations further enhance the overall sound. Bassist Avery Sharpe really does it for me on this song, driving the band all the way home with a steady walking line. Tyner takes his usual tour de force solo, but this one is well thought out and heavier in harmonic applications than melodic ones.

Reviewer: Jared Pauley

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