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One of the musical highlights of the new millennium is already here: McCoy Tyner with Stanley Clarke and Al Foster, the follow-up to the legendary pianist's critically-acclaimed Telarc debut, McCoy Tyner and the Latin All-Stars. On this new release, McCoy Tyner explores the art of the trio, with a dynamic set of 11 tracks that features new tunes from Tyner and Clarke.
McCoy Tyner with Stanley Clarke and Al Foster is a clear indication that Tyner's interests lie firmly in the future, and in his own compositions. In addition to two takes of "I Want to Tell You 'Bout That" (the first with Clarke on electric bass, the next on acoustic), other Tyner compositions include "Trane-like," "Once Upon A Time," "Goin' 'Way Blues," "Carriba" and "Memories." Tyner's unique and blazing interpretations of standards are apparent in his renditions of "Never Let Me Go" and "Will You Still Be Mine." Another highlight is Clarke's own "In the Tradition Of."
McCoy Tyner is assured of a major position in any jazz history of the 20th century—a versatile composer, arranger and leader whose distinctive sound looms over entire generations. He was born in Philadelphia in 1938 when Bud Powell, Benny Golson (and of course, John Coltrane) and many others were in the neighborhood. And Tyner is the only jazz giant to have honed his craft in, of all places, his mother's beauty parlor in West Philadelphia—jamming among the hair dryers and curling irons.
Stanley Clarke (born in 1951) is also from Philly, and on this project he plays mostly acoustic bass. Well known for his work with Return to Forever and as a trailblazing solo artist, Clarke continues to revolutionize his instrument. A first-generation fusion player who is constantly shifting directions, this project offers a rare opportunity to hear his more straight-ahead playing.
McCoy Tyner with Stanley Clarke and Al Foster is a brilliant second installment of Tyner's work on Telarc. Both discs make it clear that the undeniable talents of McCoy Tyner continue growing greater with time.