CMJ - 3/29/99, p.32
"...this wonderful, percolating album teams him and A-list jazz platers and Latin juggernauts. The result is a spectacular take on Latin jazz with the added fluidity of Tyner's signature piano sound, which is lyrical and persuasive..."
Personnel: McCoy Tyner (piano); Gary Bartz (saxophone); Claudio Roditi (trumpet, flugelhorn); Steve Turre (trombone, shells); Dave Valentin (flute); Avery Sharpe (bass); Ignacio Berroa (drums); Johnny Almendra (timbales); Giovanni Hidalgo (percussion).
Recorded at Avatar Studios, Studio A, New York, New York on July 29 & 30, 1998. Includes liner notes by Larry Blumenfeld.
Legendary pianist Tyner made his name as a hard-bopper without equal, but as his solo career has shown, he's always been forward-looking enough to keep progressing and exploring new avenues of musical expression. This album is no exception, as Tyner teams up with Latin jazz hotshots like flautist Dave Valentin and percussionists Johny Almendra and Giovanni Hidalgo for a program that mixes the pianist's original compositions with tunes by the likes of Ahmad Jamal and Kenny Dorham, all given a Latin jazz feel. While some of the musicians are best known for distinctly non-Latin efforts (Gary Bartz, Avery Sharpe, Steve Turre), they fall right into the irresistible lilt of the arrangements' Latin syncopation. Naturally, Tyner is the star of the show, as his widescreen comping and bold, barnstorming solos take center stage, but there's plenty of first class blowing from Bartz, Turre and trumpeter Claudio Roditi.