Recorded at the Van Gelder Studios, February 9, 1970
This CD has an interesting combination of players. It may be the only recording to include both pianist McCoy Tyner and his successor with the John Coltrane Quartet, Alice Coltrane (who adds atmosphere with her harp). This set also matches the young altoist Gary Bartz with Wayne Shorter (doubling on tenor and soprano), who he succeeded in Miles Davis' group, and has reunions between Shorter and bassist Ron Carter and between Tyner and drummer Elvin Jones. The all-star sextet stretches out on lengthy renditions of four of Tyner's modal originals, and there is strong solo space for the leader and the two saxophonists. Wayne Shorter in particular is often quite intense.
All Music Guide
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Extensions of McCoy Tyner
"Whoever brings a good deed will have a tenfold like it."
(Holy Quaran 6:161)
"And judging on that day will be just; so as for those whose good deeds are heavy; they are the successful."
(Holy Quaran 7:81)
The above passages from the Holy Koran are complimentary manifestations of the man and the music you are about to experience.
My first meeting with McCoy Tyner was at Shaw University in 1968 when Frazier Foster, Tom Price and myself produced Shaw University's first Black Arts Festival-The John Coltrane Memorial Concert. McCoy's LP "Time for Tyner" (Blue Note) summarizes that festival and the music, as well as the direction we presently find McCoy pursuing and expanding.
McCoy is a serene man-a man of Islam-and his "natural existence" is projected by the vibrations one receives when first meeting him and his family. His wife Aisha is receptive and responsive, and his three sons-Ishmael, Ibrahim and Nurudeem-are gracious and attentive.
I visited McCoy on a tranquil Saturday afternoon in order to make preliminary steps for the writing of these liner notes. We discussed McCoy's music from the perspective of Black people having their music delivered naturally and purely, as it only should be. During our conversation McCoy expressed his concern for the universality of Black Music and its nature-for only by virtue of the men and women who perform it does its survival depend. "I am the music I play; in trying to explain the direction of my music, I can only base it on the direction that I (McCoy Tyner) pursue in life. Music tells a story-it may summarize the Message from the Nile-The history of the Black man is deeply rooted in the experiences that transpired on and along the Nile river. Music was also an integral part of these experiences for Black people.
His Blessings-In every man's life a supreme being must be a foundation for all to come. If truth and wisdom are to ultimately prevail. Within the blessings of Almighty Allah are the reflections of my life and the time afforded me with John Coltrane.
The Wanderer-Being the human beings we are, we all seek alternatives and new directions in any walk of life. In this selection McCoy creates the mystery around a person wandering and then if fortunate enough, he or she may find oneself.
Survival Blues-Well, for Black people in America let the title of this selection be self-explanatory, if you please.
McCoy Tyner is a man of music. If you ever hear anything about him or from him, what you hear is usually at peace with the universe of which man is only a parcel. His playing and honesty will undoubtedly make him a giant among men, which history needs, for he truly will make further Expansions and Extensions to those already existing in his universality of life.
"And mix not up the truth with falsehood, nor hide the truth while you know."
(Holy Quaran 2:42)
I would like to dedicate this record to the late Lee Morgan for the respect McCoy Tyner had for the man and for his family, and may his spirit and all others with commendable directions live on. All praises due to Allah.