McCoy Tyner

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McCoy Tyner
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Alfred McCoy Tyner (born December 11, 1938), commonly known as McCoy Tyner, is a jazz pianist from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, best known for his work with the John Coltrane Quartet.

After departing the Jazztet, Tyner joined Coltrane's group in 1960. (Coltrane had known Tyner for a while, and featured one of the pianist's compositions, "The Believer", as early as 1958.) He appeared on the saxophonist's popular recording of "My Favorite Things" for Atlantic Records. The Coltrane Quartet, which consisted of Coltrane on tenor sax, Tyner, Jimmy Garrison on bass, and Elvin Jones on drums, toured almost non-stop between 1961 and 1965 and recorded a number of classic albums, including Live at the Village Vanguard, Ballads, Crescent, A Love Supreme, and The John Coltrane Quartet Plays …, on the Impulse! label.

Tyner has recorded a number of highly influential albums in his own right. While in Coltrane's group, he recorded a series of relatively conservative albums (primarily in the piano trio format) for Impulse. After leaving Coltrane's group, he began a series of post-bop albums released on the Blue Note label, in the 1967–1970 time frame (The Real McCoy, 1967; Tender Moments, 1967; Expansions, 1968; Extensions, 1970). Soon thereafter he moved to the Milestone label and recorded many influential albums, including Sahara (1972) and Enlightenment (1973). His music for Blue Note and Milestone often took the Coltrane quartet's music as a point of departure, but took off in different directions including the incorporation of African and East Asian musical elements. These albums are often cited as examples of vital, innovative jazz from the 1970s that was neither fusion nor free jazz. Often cited as a major influence on younger jazz musicians, Tyner still records and tours regularly and played from the 80s through 90s with a trio that included Avery Sharpe on bass and Aaron Scott on drums. Today Tyner records for the Telarc label and has been playing with different trios, the most recent of which includes Charnett Moffett on bass and Eric Harland on drums.

Tyner was a Sunni Muslim for a period of time since the age of 18. His Muslim name was Sulaimon Saud. Today Tyner does not practice a specific religion.

McCoy Tyner was also married at one time and has three sons. His brother, Jarvis Tyner, is a high official in the leadership of the American Communist Party. McCoy himself is not a pronounced advocate of any political ideology however.

Discography (title - year issued - label)

  • Inception - 1962 - Impulse!
  • Great Moments with Mccoy Tyner - 1962 - Impulse!
  • Nights of Ballads and Blues - 1963 - Impulse!
  • Today and Tomorrow - 1963 - Impulse!
  • Live at Newport - 1963 - Impulse!
  • Reaching Fourth - 1963 - Impulse!
  • McCoy Tyner Plays Ellington - 1964 - Impulse!
  • The Real McCoy - 1967 - Blue Note
  • Tender Moments - 1967 - Blue Note
  • Time for Tyner - 1968 - Blue Note
  • Expansions - 1968 - Blue Note
  • Cosmos - 1969 - Blue Note
  • Extensions - 1970 - Blue Note
  • Asante - 1970 - Blue Note
  • Sahara - 1972 - Milestone/OJC
  • Song for My Lady - 1972 - Milestone/OJC
  • Echoes of a Friend - 1972 - Milestone/OJC
  • Song of the New World - 1973 - Milestone/OJC
  • Enlightenment - 1973 - Milestone/OJC
  • Sama Layuca - 1974 - Milestone/OJC
  • Atlantis - 1974 - Milestone/OJC
  • Trident - 1975 - Milestone/OJC
  • Fly with the Wind - 1976 - Milestone/OJC
  • Focal Point - 1976 - Milestone
  • Four Times Four - 1976 - Milestone
  • Supertrios - 1977 - Milestone
  • Inner Voices - 1977 - Milestone
  • The Greeting - 1978 - Milestone
  • Passion Dance - 1978 - Milestone
  • Together - 1978 - Milestone
  • Horizon - 1979 - Milestone
  • 4 X 4 - 1980 - Milestone
  • 13th House - 1981 - Milestone
  • La Leyenda de La Hora - 1982 - Columbia
  • Looking Out - 1982 - Columbia
  • Dimensions - 1984 - Elektra
  • It's About Time - 1985 - Blue Note
  • Double Trios - 1986 - Denon
  • Bon Voyage - 1987 - Timeless
  • Tribute to John Coltrane - 1987 - Impulse!
  • Live at the Musicians Exchange Cafe - 1987 - Who's Who In Jazz
  • What's New? - 1987 - WestWind
  • Revelations - 1988 - Blue Note
  • Uptown/Downtown - 1988 - Milestone
  • Live at Sweet Basil - 1989 - Evidence
  • Live at Sweet Basil, Vol. 1 - 1989 - Paddle Wheel
  • Live at Sweet Basil, Vol. 2 - 1989 - Paddle Wheel
  • Things Ain't What They Used to Be - 1989 - Blue Note
  • Soliloquy- 1991 - Blue Note
  • Remembering John - 1991 - Enja
  • New York Reunion - 1991 - Chesky
  • 44th Street Suite - 1991 - Red Baron
  • Key of Soul - 1991 - Sweet Basil
  • The Turning Point - 1991 - Verve
  • Just Feelin' - 1991 - Palo Alto
  • Hot Licks: Giant Steps - 1993 - Sound Solutions
  • Journey - 1993 - Verve
  • Manhattan Moods - 1993 - Blue Note
  • Solar: McCoy Tyner Trio Live at Sweet Basil - 1993 - Compose
  • Prelude and Sonata - 1994 - Milestone
  • Infinity - 1995 - Impulse!
  • Live in Warsaw - 1995 - Who's Who In Jazz
  • Autumn Mood - 1997 - Delta
  • What the World Needs Now: The Music of Burt Bacharach - 1997 - GRP
  • McCoy Tyner & the Latin All-Stars - 1999 - Telarc
  • McCoy Tyner with Stanley Clarke & Al Foster - 2000 - Telarc
  • Immortal Concerts: Beautiful Love - 2000 - Giants of Jazz
  • At the Warsaw Jamboree - 2000 - Starburst
  • Jazz Roots: McCoy Tyner Honors Jazz Piano Legends of the 20th Century - 2000 - Telarc
  • McCoy Tyner Plays John Coltrane: Live at the Village Vanguard - 2001 - Impulse!
  • Live in Warsaw: Lady From Caracas - 2001 - TIM
  • Port au Blues - 2002 - Past Perfect
  • Suddenly - 2002 - Past Perfect
  • Land of Giants - 2003 - Telarc
  • Hip Toe: Live at the Musicians Exchange Cafe 1987 - 2004 - Universe
  • Modern Jazz Archive [live] - 2004 - Membran International
  • Illuminations - 2004 - Telarc
  • Counterpoints: Live in Tokyo - 2004 - Milestone
  • Warsaw Concert 1991 - 2004 - Fresh Sounds

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