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McCoy Tyner/Bobby Hutcherson/Charnett Moffett/Eric Harland: Land of Giants

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McCoy Tyner

McCoy Tyner was once quoted as saying, “To me living and music are all the same thing…I play what I live.” Little wonder he has displayed the same tasteful, forceful, bop-flavored keyboard karma that puts him in the land of Kenny Barron, Ahmad Jamal, Benny Green, Herbie Hancock, Chick Corea, Cedar Walton-in other words, among those virtuosic giants who constantly push the envelope yet forever surprise their listeners, shifting moods from album to album.

Tyner has certainly shifted a number of musical moods from label to label-Impulse, Blue Note, Milestone-working with a diverse cross section of artists: from the mind-stretching explorations of John Coltrane to the joys of straightahead swing with Stephane Grappelli in duo form, and can he ever forget his stint with Ike and Tina Turner? Yet whatever the artists, the venues, the circumstances, McCoy Tyner has always shown one unwavering quality: consistency.

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