Land of Giants

Land of Giants

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by McCoy Tyner
     
 
With a title like Land of the Giants, an album had better deliver the goods. Driven by two great innovators, though -- the pianist McCoy Tyner and the vibraphonist Bobby Hutcherson -- how could it not? Occasional collaborators since the mid-'60s, Tyner and Hutcherson have a special rapport; uniting with the killer rhythm section of bassist Charnett Moffett and

Overview

With a title like Land of the Giants, an album had better deliver the goods. Driven by two great innovators, though -- the pianist McCoy Tyner and the vibraphonist Bobby Hutcherson -- how could it not? Occasional collaborators since the mid-'60s, Tyner and Hutcherson have a special rapport; uniting with the killer rhythm section of bassist Charnett Moffett and drummer Eric Harland only kicks up the intensity quotient that much more. Forty years after Tyner and Hutcherson made their initial impact as players, both men are still at the top of their game, responsive, lyrical, and focused. Working through a program that fluctuates between well-worn but still-fruitful standards and crafted originals, Tyner and company exhibit both improvisational ingenuity and a joyful display of world-class chops. Comfort and competitiveness exist side-by-side here, and everyone involved benefits from the edge that’s produced. Now both into their 60s, Tyner and Hutcherson find themselves in a new autumn of creativity; long may they continue meeting to make first-class jazz.

Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Matt Collar
Recorded on the heels of a spectacular live date at London's Barbican Hall on July 6, 2002, Land of Giants features an all-star quartet led by '60s icon pianist McCoy Tyner. Showcasing a solid mix of Tyner originals and jazz standards, the group also includes vibist Bobby Hutcherson, bassist Charnett Moffett, and drummer Eric Harland. While the work here is by no means as provocative as the stuff Hutcherson and Tyner produced in their heydays, it nonetheless proves them to be utter masters of the straight-ahead modern jazz idiom and should appeal to longtime fans.
jazzreview.com
Land of Giants stands out as a major accomplishment with Bobby Hutcherson again proving the perfect foil.

Product Details

Release Date:
06/24/2003
Label:
Telarc
UPC:
0089408357626
catalogNumber:
83576
Rank:
332029

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

McCoy Tyner   Primary Artist,Piano
Bobby Hutcherson   Vibes
Charnett Moffett   Bass
Eric Harland   Drums

Technical Credits

Marvin "Smitty" Smith   Composer
Frank Loesser   Composer
McCoy Tyner   Composer
J. Fred Coots   Composer
Duke Ellington   Composer
John Fordham   Liner Notes
Milt Gabler   Composer
Elaine Martone   Producer
Jack Renner   Engineer
Sam M. Lewis   Composer
Anilda Carrasquillo   Art Direction
Ed Meitner   Engineer
Bernard Delfraissy   Cover Photo
Hiroyuki Komuro   Engineer

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Guest More than 1 year ago
Tyner and the band create something just a bit different, with the interplay between vibes and piano providing much of the spark throughout this recording. Tyner continues to astound me with each new offering