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McCoy Tyner : Quartet

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McCoy Tyner

In 1973, when he was 34, McCoy Tyner played “Walk Spirit, Talk Spirit” at the Montreux Jazz Festival. It appeared on a Milestone double LP called Enlightenment. Actually, he didn’t so much play it as unleash it. The performance was among the most engulfing 25 minutes in 1970s jazz. You could drown in the flood of it.

It’s a bold move for a 68-year-old artist to revisit a piece like “Walk Spirit, Talk Spirit,” so dependent on musical muscle and torque. On his new album, Quartet, Tyner gives the song a whole new complex, dynamic identity.

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