McCoy Tyner Trio

Rock and country acts may think they've got career longevity when their catalogue hits a dozen albums, but that's nothing compared to some jazzbos. Pianist McCoy Tyner, now 69 years old, has close to 80 discs released under his name in a career that stretches back to the tail end of the bop era. And while he apprenticed and learned under giants like Bud Powell and, most memorably, John Coltrane — he appears on 'Trane's seminal My Favorite Things and A Love Supreme LPs — Tyner's style is all his own. His keyboard playing has usually had a staccato, feverish style sometime at odds with more introverted, soft ivory-tinklers. Later, he incorporated African and East Asian instruments and big-band arrangements into his projects. The four-time Grammy winner's most recent releases are a pair of 2007 discs: Quartet, recorded live in Oakland the previous New Year's Eve, and Afro Blue, which compiles highlights from his Telarc releases.

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Bob Ruggiero has been writing about music, books, visual arts and entertainment for the Houston Press since 1997, with an emphasis on classic rock. He used to have an incredible and luxurious mullet in college as well. He is the author of the band biography Slippin’ Out of Darkness: The Story of WAR.
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