Afro Blue

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All Music Guide - Jeff Tamarkin
McCoy Tyner recorded five albums for Telarc, beginning with 1999's McCoy Tyner & the Latin All-Stars and ending with 2004's Illuminations. While no one would ever argue that these were the high points of a career that reaches back half-a-century and includes a legendary stint with John Coltrane, the Telarc recordings were all solid affairs and Tyner's genius was still quite evident throughout. Afro Blue is an eight-song compendium that draws material from all five of those releases, providing a neat summation of Tyner's output for the label. Never one to rest on his laurels, Tyner continued to push forward at a time in his life when he could easily have coasted. The ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Jeff Tamarkin
McCoy Tyner recorded five albums for Telarc, beginning with 1999's McCoy Tyner & the Latin All-Stars and ending with 2004's Illuminations. While no one would ever argue that these were the high points of a career that reaches back half-a-century and includes a legendary stint with John Coltrane, the Telarc recordings were all solid affairs and Tyner's genius was still quite evident throughout. Afro Blue is an eight-song compendium that draws material from all five of those releases, providing a neat summation of Tyner's output for the label. Never one to rest on his laurels, Tyner continued to push forward at a time in his life when he could easily have coasted. The 12-and-a-half-minute title track, from the Latin set, sports an easy groove within which tidy but inventive solos from pianist Tyner and flutist Dave Valentin are propelled by an insistent battery of percussion. "If I Were a Bell," the Frank Loesser standard, is a showcase for the always intoxicating vibes of Bobby Hutcherson, and the rhythm section of Stanley Clarke on bass and Al Foster on drums kicks "The Night Has a Thousand Eyes" into high gear and keeps it there. George Gershwin's "Summertime," a song so overdone it never needs to be done again, nonetheless finds new life in Tyner's solo reading. Afro Blue is hardly essential Tyner, but as a sampler of this period of his work, it's representative and highly enjoyable.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 11/13/2007
  • Label: Telarc
  • UPC: 089408368226
  • Catalog Number: 83682
  • Sales rank: 63,586

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Afro Blue (12:22)
  2. 2 If I Should Lose You - Christian McBride (6:24)
  3. 3 You Taught My Heart to Sing (5:38)
  4. 4 If I Were a Bell (7:49)
  5. 5 Summertime (4:51)
  6. 6 The Night Has a Thousand Eyes - Al Foster (4:52)
  7. 7 Blue Bossa (6:51)
  8. 8 Carriba - Al Foster (5:38)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
McCoy Tyner Primary Artist, Piano
Gary Bartz Saxophone
Dave Valentin Flute
Giovanni Hidalgo Percussion
Avery Sharpe Bass
Lewis Nash Drums
Ignacio Berroa Drums
Terence Blanchard Trumpet
Stanley Clarke Bass, Electric Bass, Bass Guitar, Acoustic Bass
Al Foster Drums
Bobby Hutcherson Vibes
Christian McBride Bass, Bass Guitar
Charnett Moffett Bass, Bass Guitar
Claudio Roditi Trumpet, Flugelhorn
Steve Turre Trombone, Shells
Johnny Almendra Timbales
Eric Harland Drums
Technical Credits
Kenny Dorham Composer
Frank Loesser Composer
McCoy Tyner Composer
Ira Gershwin Composer
Elaine Martone Producer
Ralph Rainger Composer
Jack Renner Engineer
Leo Robin Composer
Mongo SantamarĂ­a Composer
Robert Friedrich Engineer
Anilda Carrasquillo Art Direction
Paul Blakemore Mastering
Jerry Brainin Composer
Emily Mason Paintings
Martone Audio Production
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