I haven’t decided whether this will be a regular column but for now let’s assume that I will continue to post videos of music that deserves highlighting. After voraciously consuming a great deal of John Coltrane albums and videos recently, hungry for audacious solos and new sounds I’ve moved on to explore the work of pianist McCoy Tyner in his post-Coltrane ensembles.
Here is my favourite concert of the minute: it’s fast, daring and explosive. From the opening rendition of Charlie Parker’s ‘Birdland’ to the closing ‘Inner Glimpse’, the trio (McCoy Tyner – piano, Avery Sharpe – bass and Louis Hayes – drums) plus Hubbard and Henderson offer virtuoso improvisations which are frankly startling from musicians at the top of their individual games. While the first 45 minutes are undoubtedly impressive, the trio closes the show with the incredible ‘Inner Glimpse’ which features some of the fastest and most astonishing piano playing I’ve seen for a long time. Recommended if not merely to admire Tyner’s final solo which begins around 50 minutes in.