Personnel: McCoy Tyner (piano); Ron Carter, Eddie Gomez (bass); Tony Williams, Jack DeJohnette (drums).
Recorded at Fantasy Studios, Berkeley, California, April 9-12, 1977. Includes original liner notes by Orrin Keepnews.
Personnel: McCoy Tyner (piano); Jack DeJohnette, Tony Williams (drums).
Recording information: Berkeley, CA (04/09/1977-04/12/1977); Fantasy Studios, Berkeley, CA (04/09/1977-04/12/1977).
Unknown Contributor Roles: Eddie Gomez ; Jack DeJohnette; Ron Carter ; Tony Williams .
The concept behind this 1977 McCoy Tyner album is an interesting one: one pianist, two different piano trios. Producer Orrin Keepnews had recently recorded Tyner in a trio setting (1975's "Trident," with Elvin Jones and Ron Carter). Looking for variety, he hit upon the idea of teaming the pianist with two different rhythm sections.
The opening track is Antonio Carlos Jobim's "Wave." Drummer Tony Williams's off-center virtuosity is a good foil for Tyner, an exceptionally grounded pianist who tends to make music of a uniform density. Williams leaves holes in odd places, creating unexpected ebbs and flows, and the result proves even more exciting than Tyner's prior trio recording. Eddie Gomez and Jack DeJohnette bring different qualities to the table. Gomez is a melodic bassist with a unique tone and long, arching, phrases (no doubt a result of his work with Bill Evans), while Jack DeJohnette has a funky implied beat and a musically radical sensibility. This trio's most successful cut is a Tyner original, "Consensus," the freest music the pianist has made since his stint with Coltrane.