McCoy Tyner Talking Jazz
Pianist McCoy Tyner had developed his own sound on the instrument while still a teenager, but it wasn’t until he joined John Coltrane’s quartet as a young man in his 20s that his playing reached full blossom. As an integral part of that group from 1960 through 1965, his fondness for modes, and what Coltrane called “McCoy’s...well developed sense of form” and his ability to “take anything, no matter how weird, and make it sound beautiful” had a profound affect not only on the direction of the quartet but on practically every pianist who followed. He has always been a man of great humility and dedication. I was first introduced to him back in the early ‘60’s, and at that time, I told him it was “an honor to meet him”. He looked at me kind of sadly and said, “Oh man, don’t do that to me.” Since that time, he’s covered more road than virtually any other piano player, leaving a brilliant trail of solo, trio, small and big band recordings as evidence, yet he still insists that “keeping it light” is what it’s all about.