Saturday, December 19, 2009
McCoy TYNER - Expansions 1968
A really mindblowing session from McCoy Tyner -- perfectly titled "Expansions" to showcase the change in his style at the time! The record is one of Tyner's first larger group efforts -- and is a brilliant example of the expansion of his talents in the post-Coltrane years -- a searing, soaring batch of longer tunes that dance with joy, life, and a new sense of energy in jazz -- carried off perfectly by a lineup that includes excellent contributions from Gary Bartz, Woody Shaw, and Wayne Shorter. The album is as spiritual and swinging as you'd expect from those players -- with a sound that's more Strata East than Blue Note -- and titles include "Visions", "Song of Happiness", "Smitty's Place", and "Peresina".
From Dusty Groove.
McCoy's finest hour shows him to be a modernistic visionary as a composer and his soloing here ranks as some of the most intense he has played on record. "Smitty's Place" is also one of the most "out" situations Tyner led: Dig the double soloing by Wayne Shorter and Gary Bartz set against Elvin Jones' slamming drums intense!And Out-of-print.
Of pianist McCoy Tyner's seven Blue Note albums of the 1967-1970 period, Expansions is the most definitive. Tyner's group (comprised of trumpeter Woody Shaw, altoist Gary Bartz, tenor saxophonist Wayne Shorter, Ron Carter on cello, bassist Herbie Lewis, and drummer Freddie Waits) is particularly strong, the compositions (four Tyner originals plus Calvin Massey's I Thought I'd Let You Know) are challenging, and the musicians seem quite inspired by each other's presence. The stimulating music falls between advanced hard bop and the avant-garde, pushing and pulling at the boundaries of modern mainstream jazz. -- by Scott Yanow
Herbie Lewis- Bass
Ron Carter- Cello
Freddie Waits- Drums
McCoy Tyner- Piano
Gary Bartz- Alto Saxophone, Flute
Wayne Shorter- Tenor Sax, Clarinet
Woody Shaw- Trumpet
A1. Vision 12:15
A2. Song Of Happiness 11:55
B1. Smitty's Place 5:20
B2. Peresina 10:20
B3. I Thought I'd Let You Know 6:25