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Music review: McCoy Tyner's 'Afro Blue' a pleasant collection

Music review: McCoy Tyner's 'Afro Blue' a pleasant collection

December 27, 2007|By KARL STARK / The Philadelphia Inquirer

McCoy Tyner, 'Afro Blue'



These tracks all come from pianist McCoy Tyner's five most recent CDs on the Telarc label. The variety and the strong playing make for a pleasant collection.

Tyner, whose prominence harks back to his early collaborations with tenor saxophonist John Coltrane, hangs with Latin all-stars on two cuts, including flutist Dave Valentin, trumpeter Claudio Roditi, and trombonist Steve Turre.

Bassist Stanley Clarke steps in on a pair of tracks, including a high-stepping calypso ditty called "Carriba."

Tyner also checks in with saxophonist Gary Bartz and vibraphonist Bobby Hutcherson for a couple of standards.

The settings catch Tyner with a big band, a quintet, a quartet and a trio. But one of the gems here is Tyner's solo take of "Summertime," which unrolls gently amid a soft, chordal swirl. Usually known for his strong touch on the keys, Tyner is all the more notable for his understatement and beauty on this epic version.

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