McCoy Tyner – Illuminations (2004/2012) [Official Digital Download 24bit/176,4kHz]

(Last Updated On: March 22, 2016)

McCoy Tyner – Illuminations (2004/2012)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/176,4 kHz | Time – 57:09 minutes | 1,83 GB | Genre: Jazz
Studio Master, Official Digital Download – Source: HDTracks | @ Telarc

Illuminations finds the iconic pianist, McCoy Tyner, leading a star-studded affair that features trumpeter Terence Blanchard, bassist Christian McBride, saxophonist Gary Bartz and drummer Lewis Nash. The eclectic album features compositions written by Tyner, stunning covers and works by fellow bandmates. Included on the album are the blistering Latin-inspired “Angelina,” the joyous “New Orleans Stomp,” and Blachard’s energetic “Blessings”. The album would win the GRAMMY Award for Best Jazz Instrumental Album.

In his mid-’60s at the time of this pair of studio sessions, McCoy Tyner is hardly the prototype of a musician re-creating past hits, instead he signals that he still has a few surprises up his sleeve. One thing apparent right away in his opener, “Illuminations,” is that he is willing to stay in the background a good deal of the time, focusing the spotlight on bandmembers Terence Blanchard, Gary Bartz, Christian McBride, and Lewis Nash. The leader’s driving Latin-flavored “Angelina” features his intricate solo as its centerpiece, though his instrument still seems mixed into the background. Perhaps the greatest surprise among his own works is the playful strutting “New Orleans Stomp,” in which his down-home piano will lift a few eyebrows, accompanied by Blanchard’s almost vocal-like trumpet. “The Chase” is a brief but rapid-fire workout with the rhythm section that will sound more familiar to longtime fans of Tyner. Bartz penned the strident post-bop vehicle “Soulstice,” while Blanchard contributed the moody “Blessings,” which blends a dark bass vamp with an uplifting Latin-flavored unison line by the two horns. McBride’s “West Philly Tone Poem” features his warm arco bass in an inspired duet with the leader. The trio of standards heard here include “Alone Together” featuring Blanchard’s sassy trumpet, while the relaxed but upbeat “If I Should Lose You” finds Bartz switching to soprano sax. This is yet another essential release by the always enjoyable McCoy Tyner.

01 – Illuminations
02 – Angelina
03 – New Orleans Stomp
04 – Come Rain or Come Shine
05 – Soulstice
06 – Blessings
07 – If I Should Lose You
08 – The Chase
09 – West Philly Tone Poem
10 – Alone Together

McCoy Tyner – piano
Terence Blanchard – trumpet
Gary Bartz – alto saxophone
Christian McBride – bass
Lewis Nash – drums



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