McCoy Tyner recorded his Passion Dance
only a couple of years after he left John Coltrane’s quartet, and the spirit of the great saxophonist pervades the performance. The hard-driving jagged melody over a modal foundation provides a platform for intense improvisations by Tyner and tenorist Joe Henderson, whose fiery solo embellishes its basic hard-bop character with the cries, runs, trills, and honks of the free jazz of the period. The climactic duo improvisation by Tyner and Henderson on the tag is electrifying.
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