Personnel: McCoy Tyner (piano), Howard Johnson (tuba), John Clark (French horn), Steve Turre, Robin Eubanks (trombones), Virgil Jones, Earl Gardner, Kamau Adilifu (trumpets), Ricky Ford, Junior Cook (tenor saxophones), Joe Ford, Doug Harris (alto saxophones), Avery Sharpe (bass), Louis Hayes (drums) and Steve Thornton (percussion).
Recorded at the Blue Note, New York on November 25-26, 1988. Includes original liner notes by Kevin Whitehead.
Personnel: McCoy Tyner (piano); Doug Harris (flute, soprano saxophone, alto saxophone); Joe Ford (flute, soprano saxophone); Junior Cook, Ricky Ford (tenor saxophone); Kamau Adilifu, Virgil Jones, Earl Gardner (trumpet); John Clark (French horn); Robin Eubanks, Steve Turre (trombone); Howard Johnson (tuba); Louis Hayes (drums); Steve Thornton (percussion).
Audio Remixer: David Luke.
Liner Note Author: Kevin Whitehead.
Recording information: Blue Note, New York, NY (11/25/1988/11/26/1988).
Photographer: Frank Lindner.
The debut recording from McCoy Tyner's big band features the pianist's all-star 15-piece unit romping through five of his originals (including "Blues for Basie") plus Steve Turre's "Lotus Flower." With such fine soloists as tenors Junior Cook and Ricky Ford, trumpeter Kamau Adilifu, trombonist Turre, and the leader, the ensemble (which includes John Clark's French horn and the tuba of Howard Johnson) had quickly gained its own sound and the results are quite memorable and frequently exciting. Recommended. ~ Scott Yanow