JazzTimes - 11/96, p.89
"...His piano work, always muscular, is especially lean and almost brittle....it combines with the percussiveness of the harp to form music full of angular shards and spiky energy....A groundbreaking recording in 1970, this one has lost little of its novelty and none of its power."
Personnel: McCoy Tyner (piano); Wayne Shorter (tenor & soprano saxophones); Gary Bartz (alto saxophone); Alice Coltrane (harp); Ron Carter (acoustic bass); Elvin Jones (drums).
Recorded at the Van Gelder Studio, Englewood Cliffs, New Jersey on February 9, 1970. Includes liner notes by Andre Prey.
Personnel: McCoy Tyner (piano); Alice Coltrane (harp); Wayne Shorter (soprano saxophone, tenor saxophone); Gary Bartz (alto saxophone); Ron Carter (acoustic bass); Elvin Jones (drums).
Liner Note Author: Andre Perry.
Recording information: Van Gelder Studios, Englewood Cliffs, NJ (02/09/1970).
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. Stimulating music. ~ Scott Yanow