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Released: March 12, 2002
Originally Released: 2002
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Personnel includes: McCoy Tyner (piano); Bobby Hutcherson (vibraphone, marimba); Gary Bartz (alto saxophone); Azar Lawrence (soprano & tenor saxophones); John Stubblefield (oboe, flute); Buster Williams (bass); Billy Hart (drums); Mtume (congas, percussion); Guillermi Franco (percussion).
Pianist McCoy Tyner is heard at the height of his powers throughout this rewarding set. He contributed all five compositions and has a colorful and diverse group of major players at his disposal to interpret them: vibraphonist Bobby Hutcherson, altoist Gary Bartz, Azar Lawrence on tenor and soprano, John Stubblefield doubling on oboe and flute, bassist Buster Williams, drummer Billy Hart and both Mtume and Guillerme Franco on percussion. The results (which include a brief Tyner-Hutcherson duet on "Above the Rainbow") are quite rewarding and serve as a strong example of McCoy Tyner's music. ~ Scott Yanow