McCoy Tyner gave an electrifying concert at the 1978 Live Under the Sky Festival in Tokyo. These recordings, from the same occasion that produced 2004's Counterpoints/Live in Tokyo (Milestone MCD-9339-2), present the virtuoso pianist at a peak of inspiration and a degree of keyboard perfection unusual even for him. Bookended by superb trio performances with bassist Ron Carter and drummer Tony Williams, the disc finds Tyner spinning out breathtaking unaccompanied solos on three of his most celebrated compositions. They include a definitive version of "Passion Dance" that lasts nearly twelve minutes and fairly explodes with energy, inspiration, and a moving allusion to his association with John Coltrane and "A Love Supreme." When Tyner launches into the familiar introduction of "Song of the New World," the audience explodes, too, in a moment of recognition and appreciation for one of the greatest of jazz pianists.