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McCoy Tyner: Communicating Sensitivity

Legendary pianist talks about bandleading and the deification of John Coltrane

Age truly is a state of mind. One need look no further than jazz pianist McCoy Tyner for definitive proof. Now in his seventies, Tyner still possesses an unquenchable thirst for exploration and innovation. He’s released dozens of albums across a six-decade career that have expanded the boundaries of his instrument and influenced untold numbers of players and composers. What all of his diverse recordings have in common is the presence of his signature blues-influenced piano approach marked by an inventive combination of sophisticated chords and an exhilarating, percussive touch. In this excerpt from my book Innerviews: Music Without Borders, Tyner examines the art of bandleading, why respect should be reciprocal, and the deification of John Coltrane.

What are the key philosophies you adhere to as a bandleader?

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