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McCoy Tyner (1938)

McCoy Albert Tyner

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McCoy Tyner is a jazz pianist from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, known for his work with the John Coltrane Quartet and a long solo career.

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 Early life
Tyner was born Alfred McCoy Tyner in Philadelphia as the oldest of three children. He was encouraged to study piano by his mother. He began studying the piano at age 13 and within two years, music had become the focal point in his life. His early influences included Bud Powell, a Philadelphia neighbor. As a young man, he converted to Islam through the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community, and was active in the objectives of the organization during the pinnacle of his career.

 Early career
Tyner's first main exposure came with Benny Golson, being the first pianist in Golson's and Art Farmer's legendary Jazztet . After departing the Jazztet, Tyner joined Coltrane's group in 1960 during its extended run at the Jazz Gallery replacing Steve Kuhn. (Coltrane had known Tyner for a while in Philadelphia, and featured one of the pianist's compositions, "The Believer", as early as 1958.) He appeared on the saxophonist's popular recording of "My Favorite Things" for Atlantic Records. The Coltrane Quartet, which consisted of Coltrane on tenor sax, Tyner, Jimmy Garrison on bass, and Elvin Jones on drums, toured almost non-stop between 1961 and 1965 and recorded a number of classic albums, including Live at the Village Vanguard, Ballads, Live at Birdland, Crescent, A Love Supreme, and The John Coltrane Quartet Plays ..., on the Impulse! label.

Tyner has recorded a number of highly influential albums in his own right. While in Coltrane's group, he recorded a series of important albums for Impulse! Records. The pianist also appeared as a sideman in many of the highly acclaimed Blue Note Records albums of the 1960s, although was often credited as 'etc.' on the cover of these albums in order to respect his contractual obligations at Impulse Records.

"The jazz is my life, my wife, my love."

His involvement with John Coltrane came to an end in 1965. Coltrane's music was becoming much more atonal and free; he had also augmented his quartet with percussion players who threatened to drown out both Tyner and Jones. This seemed to add to his drive and character about wanting to make music his own and unique. Tyner was somewhat bitter about the change in Coltrane's direction: "I didn't see myself making any contribution to that music... All I could hear was a lot of noise. I didn't have any feeling for the music, and when I don't have feelings, I don't play." By 1966, Tyner was rehearsing with a new trio and would now fully embark on his career as a leader.

 Post-Coltrane
After leaving Coltrane's group, Tyner produced a series of post-bop albums released on Blue Note Records from 1967 to 1970 which included The Real McCoy , Tender Moments , Time for Tyner , Expansions and Extensions . Soon thereafter he moved to the Milestone label and recorded many influential albums, including Sahara , Enlightenment , and Fly with the Wind , which featured flautist Hubert Laws, drummer Billy Cobham, and a string orchestra. His music for Blue Note and Milestone often took the Coltrane quartet's music as a point of departure and also incorporated African and East Asian musical elements. On Sahara, for instance, Tyner plays koto, in addition to piano, flute, and percussion. These albums are often cited as examples of vital, innovative jazz from the 1970s that was neither fusion nor free jazz. Trident is notable for featuring Tyner on harpsichord and celeste, in addition to his primary instrument, piano.

Tyner still records and tours regularly and played from the 1980s through '90s with a trio that included Avery Sharpe on bass and first Louis Hayes, then Aaron Scott, on drums. He made a trio of solo recordings for Blue Note, starting with Revelations and culminating with Soliloquy . Today Tyner records for the Telarc label and has been playing with different trios, one of which has included Charnett Moffett on bass and Al Foster on drums. In 2008, Tyner toured with his quartet, which featured saxophonist Gary Bartz with Gerald Cannon and Eric Kamau Gravatt .

McCoy was also a judge for the 6th and 10th annual Independent Music Awards to support independent artists' careers.

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Name Duration Released
Blues for Jeff 04:47 2009
Slapback Blues 03:46 2008
Amberjack 04:36 2008
Trade Winds 06:35 2008
Mr. P.C. 06:21 2008
500 Miles 06:22 2008
Improvisation 2 01:34 2008
Baba Drame 05:21 2008
Boubacar 02:18 2008
Greensleves 06:15 2008
You Taught My Heart to Sing 05:39 2007
If I Should Lose You 06:24 2007
Afro Blue 12:23 2007
Carriba 05:38 2007
Blue Bossa 06:51 2007
The Night Has a Thousand Eyes 04:52 2007
Summertime 04:51 2007
If I Were a Bell 07:50 2007
The Chase 03:17 2004
Blessings 04:52 2004
Soulstice 05:24 2004
Come Rain or Come Shine 05:35 2004
New Orleans Stomp 05:58 2004
Angelina 08:50 2004
Iki Masho (Let's Go) 13:58 2004
Illuminations 06:12 2004
Alone Together 07:10 2004
Aisha 07:08 2004
West Philly Tone Poem 04:01 2004
Back Bay Blues 06:11 2003
Manalyuca 07:20 2003
Steppin' 04:48 2003
December 04:47 2003
Serra Do Mar 06:34 2003
The Search 05:47 2003
Never Let Me Go 04:19 2000
Once Upon a Time 05:31 2000
Trane-Like 09:12 2000
Memories 03:43 2000
In the Tradition Of 07:38 2000
Goin' 'Way Blues 06:31 2000
I Want to Tell You 'Bout That 05:19 2000
We Are Our Fathers' Sons 05:21 1999
A Song for Love 10:30 1999
Poinciana 06:55 1999
A House is Not a Home 05:36 1997
Up, Jump, Spring 07:19 1997
One Less Bell to Answer 05:39 1997
The Monster and the Flower 07:00 1997
The Windows of the World 05:30 1997
You'll Never Get to Heaven 05:04 1997
What the World Needs Now Is Love 06:09 1997
Close to You 07:51 1997
Alfie 04:26 1997
(There's) Always Something There to Remind Me 04:43 1997
Autumn Mood 06:25 1997
Loss of Love 08:35 1995
Blues Stride 03:38 1995
Prelude in E Minor Op. 28, No. 4 06:15 1995
Changes 09:46 1995
Where Is Love 05:31 1995
Flying High 10:14 1995
Piano Sonata No. 8 in C Minor 06:30 1995
Smile 06:33 1995
I Will Wait for You 07:04 1995
Mellow Minor 05:26 1995
For All We Know 06:57 1995
Happy Days 09:42 1995
Manhattan Moods 08:38 1994
Rosie 05:51 1994
Travelin' Blues 04:47 1994
Soul Eyes 05:58 1994
Isn't This My Sound Around Me 06:52 1994
I Loves You, Porgy 03:47 1994
Dearly Beloved 06:47 1994
January in Brasil 06:04 1993
Choices 11:17 1993
Juanita 11:00 1993
Samba Dei Ber 04:20 1993
Let It Go 09:14 1992
Update 08:16 1992
Angel Eyes 05:15 1992
High Priest 05:14 1992
Tribute to Lady Day 04:45 1991
One and Four 05:11 1991
My Romance 06:37 1991
Falling in Love with Love 07:01 1991
Lady from Caracas 04:15 1991
Tivoli 04:35 1991
Like Someone in Love 07:40 1991
What Is This Thing Called Love? 08:03 1991
Not for Beginners 06:41 1991
Bluesin' With Bob 04:37 1991
Traces 08:33 1991
Lonnie's Lament 06:00 1991
In Walked Bud 06:50 1991
Miss Bea 07:09 1991
Blue Piano 06:15 1991
Blues for T.M. 12:53 1991
The Natural Bridge 08:17 1991
Willow Weep for Me 05:39 1991
Giant Steps 02:26 1991
Recorda Me 09:47 1991
Bessie's Blues 05:50 1991
Don't Get Around Much Anymore 12:02 1991
I'll Take Romance 07:45 1991
Twilight Mist 05:15 1991
India 06:57 1991
The Wise One 09:36 1991
Home 10:58 1991
Solar 09:39 1991
Recife's Blues 05:49 1991
All the Things You Are 04:15 1991
After the Rain 03:50 1991
Pursuance 05:48 1991
A Quick Sketch 10:36 1991
Suddenly 00:00 1991
Española 03:58 1991
Bouncing with Bud 02:58 1991
Good Morning Heartache 05:46 1991
Beautiful Love 09:13 1991
I Should Care 04:01 1991
Up 'Gainst the Wall 07:27 1991
Ask Me Now 12:11 1991
44th Street Suite – Part I 06:39 1991
Things Ain't What They Used to Be 03:52 1989
Here's That Rainy Day 06:02 1989
Will You Still Be Mine? 10:46 1989
Sweet Basil Swing 06:30 1989
Darn That Dream 08:18 1989
Monk's Dream 09:35 1989
Crescent 10:29 1989
Sweet and Lovely 03:56 1989
Joy Spring 04:21 1989
Genesis 07:57 1988
When I Fall in Love 04:07 1988
Someone to Watch Over Me 03:35 1988
Rio 04:43 1988
View from the Hill 04:03 1988
In a Mellow Tone 03:36 1988
Lotus Flower 06:52 1988
Bon Voyage 10:27 1987
Trane 00:00 1987
Last of the Hipmen 00:00 1987
I Want to Talk About You 00:00 1987
Lazy Bird 00:00 1987
Bluesin' For John C. 00:00 1987
Yesterdays 04:57 1987
How Deep Is the Ocean? 07:12 1987
What's New? 05:26 1987
Don't Blame Me 04:31 1987
Port au Blues 07:45 1987
Rhythm-A-Ning 04:32 1986
Lover Man 08:45 1986
Sudan 08:52 1986
Down Home 08:44 1986
Dreamer 07:41 1986
Lil' Darlin' 07:10 1986
Latino Suite 08:45 1986
You Don't Know What Love Is 03:40 1985
Berliner 05:46 1985
Travelin' 06:26 1985
No Flowers Please 05:35 1985
Hip Toe 06:29 1985
It's About Time 06:17 1985
Spur of the Moment 05:53 1985
Understanding 09:19 1984
Just in Time 06:07 1984
Precious One 08:01 1984
One for Dea 10:01 1984
Uncle Bubba 05:25 1984
Love Surrounds Us Everywhere 05:15 1982
Island Birdie 05:16 1982
In Search of My Heart 07:07 1982
Señor Carlos 07:54 1982
I'll Be Around 06:12 1982
Hannibal 07:04 1982
La Busca 06:21 1981
La Habana Sol 06:36 1981
Ja'cara 04:59 1981
La Vida Feliz 07:29 1981
Leo Rising 09:13 1981
13th House 05:58 1981
Short Suite 07:46 1981
Manha de Carnaval 05:19 1980
It's You or No One 06:27 1980
Inner Glimpse 06:18 1980
Stay as Sweet as You Are 04:36 1980
Blues in the Minor 08:05 1980
The Seeker 07:38 1980
I Wanna Stand over There 05:19 1980
Pannonica 05:57 1980
Forbidden Land 10:39 1980
Backward Glance 09:11 1980
Just Feelin' 07:44 1979
One for Honor 04:29 1979
Motherland 07:17 1979
Woman of Tomorrow 07:41 1979
Horizon 12:01 1979
Pictures 07:57 1978
Ballad for Aisha 07:19 1978
Hand in Hand 06:18 1978
One of Another Kind 07:05 1978
Bayou Fever 04:49 1978
Shades of Light 07:43 1978
Nubia 08:08 1978
The Promise 06:28 1978
Highway One 06:11 1978
I Mean You 04:21 1977
Blues for Ball 04:53 1977
Blues on the Corner 06:28 1977
Lush Life 06:24 1977
Wave 07:27 1977
Stella by Starlight 08:05 1977
Festival in Bahia 10:08 1977
Consensus 09:34 1977
Opus 09:35 1977
Hymn-Song 05:11 1977
Rotunda 06:46 1977
Moment's Notice 05:49 1977
Uptown 07:30 1977
Prelude to a Kiss 04:35 1977
For Tomorrow 06:07 1977
The Greeting 07:56 1977
Cosmos 09:00 08/1976
Mes Trois Fils 07:56 1976
Rolem 05:43 1976
You Stepped out of a Dream 06:55 1976
Beyond the Sun 05:33 1976
Theme for Nana 05:14 1976
Salvadore de Samba 12:13 1976
Departure 05:58 1976
Fly with the Wind 08:30 1976
Mode for Dulcimer 08:59 1976
Indo-Serenade 05:35 1976
Parody 06:55 1976
Atlantis 17:59 1975
Elvin Jones 05:27 1975
Once I Loved 07:53 1975
Celestial Chant 07:00 1975
Love Samba 15:56 1975
Pursuit 09:20 1975
My One and Only Love 09:59 1975
Makin' Out 13:04 1975
Impressions 05:03 1975
In a Sentimental Mood 05:39 1975
Land of the Lonely 07:33 1975
Paradox 16:27 1974
Desert Cry 04:57 1974
La Cubaña 10:26 1974
Above the Rainbow 03:02 1974
Sama Layuca 08:37 1974
Presence 10:35 1973
Essence 11:20 1973
Enlightenment Suite, Part 2: The Offering 04:00 1973
A Silent Tear 04:30 1973
Enlightenment Suite, Part 1 - Genesis 10:02 1973
Song for My Lady 07:37 1973
Presenting the McCoy Tyner Quartet 01:19 1973
Native Song 13:00 1973
Song of the New World 06:50 1973
Some Day 06:50 1973
The Divine Love 07:31 1973
Walk Spirit, Talk Spirit 24:04 1973
Nebula 09:39 1973
Little Brother 10:12 1973
Valley of Life 05:19 1972
Naima 06:43 1972
A Prayer for My Family 04:48 1972
Ebony Queen 09:00 1972
His Blessings 06:50 1972
Survival Blues 13:15 1972
Folks Tyner 07:33 1972
The Wanderer 07:43 1972
The Discovery 17:35 1972
Message From the Nile 12:22 1972
My Favorite Things 08:44 1972
Rebirth 05:20 1972
Promise 06:14 1972
I Thought I'd Let You Know 06:25 1969
Peresina 10:21 1969
Smitty's Place 05:21 1969
Song of Happiness 12:00 1969
Vision 12:18 1969
Man from Tanganyika 06:54 1968
I Didn't Know What Time It Was 07:08 1968
Mode to John 05:42 1968
May Street 05:20 1968
Little Madimba 08:32 1968
African Village 12:08 1968
Lee Plus Three 05:35 1968
All My Yesterdays 06:04 1968
Utopia 07:37 1968
I've Grown Accustomed to Her Face 04:26 1968
The High Priest 06:08 1968
The Surrey with the Fringe on Top 05:11 1968
Four by Five 06:37 1967
Contemplation 09:12 1967
Passion Dance 08:47 1967
Search for Peace 06:32 1967
Monk's Blues 07:14 1964
It Don't Mean a Thing (If It Ain't Got That Swing) 04:02 1964
All of You 06:24 1964
A Gypsy Without a Song 04:55 1964
My Funny Valentine 08:03 1964
Mr. Gentle and Mr. Cool 06:28 1964
Newport Romp 07:45 1964
Searchin' 04:33 1964
Solitude 05:10 1964
Caravan 03:32 1964
Duke's Place 03:18 1964
Yip 07:26 1964
I Got It Bad (and That Ain't Good) 05:57 1964
Satin Doll 05:40 1963
A Night in Tunisia 05:07 1963
Contemporary Focus 08:28 1963
Groove Waltz 05:31 1963
Old Devil Moon 07:27 1963
Blue Monk 05:22 1963
Blues Back 06:54 1963
Star Eyes 05:03 1963
When Sunny Gets Blue 04:42 1963
Theme for Ernie 06:00 1963
For Heaven's Sake 03:48 1963
Three Flowers 10:12 1963
Goodbye 05:46 1963
'Round Midnight 06:23 1963
Autumn Leaves 06:10 1963
Reaching Fourth 04:21 1963
We'll Be Together Again 03:40 1963
T 'N A Blues 04:05 1963
Speak Low 06:18 1962
Effendi 06:39 1962
Sunset 04:41 1962
Blues for Gwen 04:27 1962
There Is No Greater Love 06:21 1962
Inception 04:28 1962
St. Louis Blues 03:39
Lullaby of Birdland 03:35
Blues for Fatha 04:00
My Foolish Heart 04:20
Mr. Day 07:20
Misty 03:06
Ain't Misbehavin' 03:41

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