McCoy Tyner Septet
Waltons World Masters Series
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When Thursday, 6 July 2006
Where National Concert Hall, Dublin, Main Auditorium
Presented by Waltons New School of Music
Supported by RTÉ lyric fm, The Irish Times, Brooks Hotel
This concert was recorded for broadcast on RTÉ lyric fm.
McCoy Tyner Septet
Mccoy Tyner • Piano
Eric Alexander • Tenor Saxophone
Donald Harrison • Alto Saxophone
Nicholas Payton • Trumpet
Steve Turre • Trombone
Charnett Moffet • Bass
Eric Kamau Gravatt • Drums
‘McCoy Tyner has always been one of the most emotionally expressive pianists in jazz. In contrast to Thelonious Monk’s ironic understatements and Herbie Hancock’s lush detachment, Tyner is a man possessed. Bearing the profound spiritual influence of John Coltrane, with whom he played for five solid years, Tyner’s playing is pure romanticism: effusive, grandiose, explosive, yearning, pleading.’
‘With uncommon strength and an imaginative, original approach to voicings and dynamics, McCoy Tyner plays the piano like Goliath. His extraordinary legacy as John Coltrane’s pianist in the early 1960 has elevated him to the front ranks on the keys, and for more than four decades, his unique style has remained powerfully individualistic.’
It isn’t an overstatement to say that modern jazz has been shaped by the music of the legendary McCoy Tyner. His blues-based piano, replete with sophisticated chords and an explosively percussive left hand, has transcended conventional styles to become one of the most identifiable sounds in improvised music. His harmonic contributions and dramatic rhythmic devices form the vocabulary of a majority of jazz pianists. Tyner first began to attract widespread public attention as a member of the great John Coltrane Quartet of the 1960s, and since then he has been one of the most consistently innovative bandleaders and pianists of the last forty years. He has released nearly eighty albums under his name, earned four Grammy Awards, is a member of the Down Beat magazine Hall of Fame, and was named a ‘Jazz Master’ by America’s National Endowment for the Arts in 2002.
McCoy Tyner Public Interview
When Wednesday, 5 July 2006
Where National Concert Hall, Dublin, John Field Room
Waltons New School of Music
in association with National Concert Hall Education & Outreach
Moderated by Donald Helme, then presenter of Jazz Alley on RTÉ lyric fm, this public interview was a unique opportunity for anyone seriously interested in jazz to listen to a true master of the art. McCoy spoke – and answered many audience questions – about his music, his career, his influences and the many great jazz musicians he has worked with over the years.