Saturday, August 25, 2007

McCoy Tyner - 1974 - Sama Layuca

"McCoy Tyner's considerable influence began during his long run as John Coltrane's pianist in the 1960s and grew steadily after he left Coltrane in 1965 to establish his own career. By 1974 and Sama Layuca, he was a major presence in jazz. All of his facets are on full display in this rich album his incomparable pianism, the use of modes and scales as bases for composition and improvisation, deeply layered harmonies, Latin, Asian, and African rhythmic elements. Capable of thoughtful lyricism "Desert Cry" but inclined toward passion and drama "La Cuba–a," "Paradox", Tyner employs his huge technique and imagination to create landscapes rampant with vivid colors, roaring rivers, smoldering volcanoes, and joyous life. His fellow musicians on Sama Layuca include some of the brightest lights of late twentieth century jazz." ~ Worlds Records

"Pianist McCoy Tyner is heard at the height of his powers throughout this rewarding set. He contributed all five compositions and has a colorful and diverse group of major players at his disposal to interpret them: vibraphonist Bobby Hutcherson, altoist Gary Bartz, Azar Lawrence on tenor and soprano, John Stubblefield doubling on oboe and flute, bassist Buster Williams, drummer Billy Hart and both Mtume and Guillerme Franco on percussion. The results (which include a brief Tyner-Hutcherson duet on "Above the Rainbow") are quite rewarding and serve as a strong example of McCoy Tyner's music." ~ AMG


01 Sama Layuca
02 Above The Rainbow
03 La Cubana
04 Desert Dry
05 Paradox

Personnel: Bobby Hutcherson, Gary Bartz, Azar Lawrence, John Stubblefield, Buster Williams, Billy Hart, Mtume, Guilherme Franco Label: OJC