Personnel: McCoy Tyner, Azar Lawrence, Joony Booth, Wilby Fletcher, Guilherme Franco.
Recorded in August and September 1974.
Personnel: McCoy Tyner (piano); Azar Lawrence (soprano saxophone, tenor saxophone); Wilby Fletcher (drums); Guilherme Franco (percussion).
Audio Remasterer: Joe Tarantino.
Liner Note Author: Neil Tesser.
Recording information: Keystone Komer, San Fransico (08/31/1974/09/01/1974); Keystone Korner, San Francisco, CA (08/31/1974/09/01/1974).
Photographer: Phil Bray.
This is the single-CD reissue of all of the music from a former two-LP set. Pianist McCoy Tyner's 1974 quintet consisted of the talented youngster Azar Lawrence on tenor and soprano, bassist Joony Booth, drummer Wilby Fletcher and percussionist Guilherme Franco. As is accurately stated in the new liner notes by Neil Tesser, Atlantis was the final recording from Tyner's last band to be based on the music of his former boss, John Coltrane. While Lawrence (who was only 20 at the time) derived his style partly from aspects of Coltrane and the rhythm section is fiery, Tyner creates some very powerful and highly original solos, really tearing into some of the more extended pieces. Recorded live at San Francisco's legendary Keystone Korner, this set has four of Tyner's modal originals played by the full group, a rendition of "My One and Only Love" performed by the leader, Lawrence and Franco as a trio, and a solo piano version of "In a Sentimental Mood." Essential music that still sounds fresh and adventurous. ~ Scott Yanow