McCoy Tyner with Stanley Clarke & Al Foster

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Barnes & Noble - Steve Futterman
Virtuoso musicians sometimes need other virtuosos to bring out the best in their playing. McCoy Tyner, one of the preeminent jazz pianists of the postwar era, is in inspiring company on this all-star trio recording. It's not the first time that Tyner has recorded with bassist Stanley Clarke or drummer Al Foster, but this latest encounter gives plenty of evidence that these formidable players still have much in common and that each has continued maturing as an instrumentalist. Tyner, Clarke, and Foster each can be full-force players, and it's that gutsy vigor that makes them so complementary. On steaming tracks like "Trane-like" and "Will You Still Be Mine," Clarke's ...
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Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - Steve Futterman
Virtuoso musicians sometimes need other virtuosos to bring out the best in their playing. McCoy Tyner, one of the preeminent jazz pianists of the postwar era, is in inspiring company on this all-star trio recording. It's not the first time that Tyner has recorded with bassist Stanley Clarke or drummer Al Foster, but this latest encounter gives plenty of evidence that these formidable players still have much in common and that each has continued maturing as an instrumentalist. Tyner, Clarke, and Foster each can be full-force players, and it's that gutsy vigor that makes them so complementary. On steaming tracks like "Trane-like" and "Will You Still Be Mine," Clarke's hyperactive bass and Foster's rumbling drumming put heat under Tyner, and he reacts in kind. A pianist with seemingly unlimited energy, Tyner has in the past let his prodigious chops stand in for true inspiration. Here, he never fronts -- Clarke and Foster wouldn't have it. The rhythm team, who have done time in fusion bands, let their pure jazz roots come to the fore on this recording. Foster's years with Joe Henderson have given him a sixth-sense feel for small group interaction, while Clarke is as adroit as ever on the acoustic bass. Even when Clarke slaps on an electric instrument during "I Want to Tell You About That," and "In the Tradition Of," his superb musicianship tastefully anchors the proceedings. As for Tyner, there's still plenty of juice left in this longtime veteran to inspire -- and scare -- younger players for years to come.
All Music Guide - Richard S. Ginell
No longer trying to push the envelope of innovation, Tyner settles down with a pair of experts and carves out a very nice, fairly orthodox piano trio album. This is Tyner reaffirming most of his strengths: the massive tone quality, the two-handed control over the entire keyboard, and the generally uplifting attitude conveyed through the shape of his melodic invention. He does so in a program of six originals, three standards, and one tune by Stanley Clarke, mixing modal tunes, blues, funk, ballads, and a mildly Caribbean ringer. Only once does he evoke memories of the classic John Coltrane Quartet -- not in "Trane-Like" but in "The Night Has a Thousand Eyes." Clarke takes a break from the film studios and turns in one of his rare sessions on acoustic double bass, producing solid, faultless, relatively conventional support. He doesn't leave the electric bass entirely at home, however; his funky side bumps through one of the two versions of "I Want to Tell You 'Bout That," and he exercises low-key, electric subtleties on his "In the Tradition Of" and "Caribe." Foster throws himself skillfully into every situation; he is at ease in all idioms. The sound is excellent, with each instrument, even Tyner's formidable piano, in perfect balance.
Downbeat - William Smith
...his music here charges along like a controlled force of nature. Its cascading quality takes few prisoners, yet retains enough delicacy and intricacy to satisfy just about any fan of the art of jazz piano.

...his music here charges along like a controlled force of nature. Its cascading quality takes few prisoners, yet retains enough delicacy and intricacy to satisfy just about any fan of the art of jazz piano.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 1/25/2000
  • Label: Telarc
  • UPC: 089408348822
  • Catalog Number: 83488
  • Sales rank: 98,110

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Trane-Like - Al Foster (9:12)
  2. 2 Once upon a Time - Al Foster (5:31)
  3. 3 Never Let Me Go - Al Foster (4:19)
  4. 4 I Want to Tell You 'Bout That - Al Foster (5:19)
  5. 5 Will You Still Be Mine? - Al Foster (6:46)
  6. 6 Goin' 'Way Blues - Al Foster (6:31)
  7. 7 In the Tradition Of - Al Foster (7:38)
  8. 8 The Night Has a Thousand Eyes - Al Foster (4:53)
  9. 9 Carriba - Al Foster (5:41)
  10. 10 Memories - Al Foster (3:43)
  11. 11 I Want to Tell You 'Bout That [* - Al Foster (5:57)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
McCoy Tyner Primary Artist, Primary Artist
Technical Credits
John Martyn Composer
Matt Dennis Composer
McCoy Tyner Composer
Stanley Clarke Composer
Ray Evans Composer
Elaine Martone Producer
Robert Friedrich Engineer
Tom Adair Composer
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