The man with the lion's paw

What a mighty force! Anyone heard McCoy Tyner 15 years ago in the Zurich jazz club Moods, who heard, with how incredible this Pianist stunner with his Left, the

The man with the lion's paw

What a mighty force! Anyone heard McCoy Tyner 15 years ago in the Zurich jazz club Moods, who heard, with how incredible this Pianist stunner with his Left, the basic tones of the chords in the piano keyboard of a balanced, on the first beat of a bar, with a force, the man knew of his plates, but not on such a brilliant way expected had; and he heard as well, as Tyner on this earth to quake, bring the bass tones thin also massive Chord clusters, and with the Right in addition to rapidly density Tongirlanden played – the thought suddenly feeling a little, how it must have been in the 60s.

at the Time, McCoy Tyner rose to the side of the great tenor John Coltrane saxophonists to soon Hymn, soon to be Ecstatic, soon, Vita, list of – and made for some of the most important moments in the history of jazz at all. Tyners world renown namely stirred up today, especially, therefore, that he was in the ' 60s, in the so-called "classic Quartet" of Coltrane participated in this century group, together with bassist Jimmy Garrison and Drummer Elvin Jones.

And how do you now about Tyner's thinking on the occasion of his death, to think of that quote by the writer W. E. B. Du Bois, the music author J. C. Thomas on the saxophone-Hymniker Coltrane coined: "Little of beauty America has given the world apart from the rugged grandeur. The human spirit is expressed in this new world more by the vitality and inventiveness than by beauty."

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a second personal reminder to Mc Coy Tyner. In 2011, the then-73-Year-old appeared at the Festival as Jazz in St. Moritz. The Pianist was physically beat already. Almost cumbersome the tall man sat down at the piano, remained as a Person humbly in the Background. And yet you could tell immediately how much the musicians and his Band, such as Alto saxophonist Gary Bartz, and he reverently turned and stealthily hinblinzelten to him.

Here sat HE means on the piano stool: "The Real McCoy" (such as a plate Tyners)! Made of real flesh, real blood, and real piano fingers, where his fellow musicians to him, in view of its historical significance, perhaps more like in unreal districts of the Monumenta list of suspects had.

The look on McCoy Tyner the most saw always at the same time, a second musician: John Coltrane, of course. Like Coltrane, the 1938-born McCoy Tyner, from Philadelphia, came. The father is a factory worker was, the mother had a beauty salon. When the Boy was 13, they offered him a piano to Practice on, soon the young Tyner in the hair salon, made samples of his band.

Undated photo of John Coltrane. Image: Keystone

"The saxophonist in each case as of the Hairdryer," recalled Tyner later. For the customers that his mother had heard "some rocking tunes", if your hair had been fixed. Even a Pianist Bud Powell played once at the Coiffeuse. He was also one of the inspiring local jazz scene of Philadelphia – next to the organ player Jimmy Smith and trumpeter Lee Morgan. Tyner began in high school studying music theory and played with 16 professionally, in Rhythm-and-Blues Bands.

it was As Tyner 21, caught up with him the older Coltrane in his soon-famous Quartet. And Coltrane said in an Interview in 1961 with its own musical merits with the merits of his colleague: "My current Pianist, McCoy Tyner, gives me wings, and I can withdraw from time to time from the ground."

"Blues on the Corner" from the Album "The Real McCoy". Video: Youtube

To the side of Coltrane's Tyner grew up to be the pianist, of the defined in addition to Bill Evans, Chick Corea and Herbie Hancock the Sound of modern Jazz-piano game. The piano sound is a percussive, so maybe it's because he had visited as a Teenager, also Conga-lessons. On the other loved Tyner chords with fourths-intervals that sounded very open and modern. And his rights could play crazy rotating figures, which sounded easy and delicious.

A piano as an orchestra!

The most Important thing, however, was in connection with the power engineers, John Coltrane and also Tyner had this immensely Powerful. "McCoy Tyner plays the piano like a roaring lion," wrote the critic. The pianist wondered, as Tyner so much power from his piano could get to work without the plump-force Meier table. A percussive rush. Flood Chords. A piano like an orchestra! "I had to give the Quartet the sound of abundance," recalled Tyner later. "Or to say as John used the density and full honesty."

Tyner was so in the case of the most important recordings of Coltrane. Including immortal albums such as "My Favorite Things", "Africa/Brass", "Impressions", "Crescent", "Live at The Village Vanguard" or "meditation". And, of course, especially "A Love Supreme" (1965) is that of the great saxophonist of the prayer of John Coltrane's, which opened the Jazz who thinks otherwise rather earthly, for the metaphysics. An Album that should be for many people, the revival experience: guitarist John McLaughlin, tells today that he is "A Love Supreme" for many years, up and down heard.

in 1965, should leave McCoy Tyner Coltrane's group, the sound increasingly - and noise-experiments to opened, the Tyner miss behagten. Where Coltrane had two drummers in the Ensemble have not he is one himself even at the Games, said Tyner.

Converted to Islam

Tyner Note jazz label came out of the Blue. Immediately prior to Coltrane's death in 1967, he recorded "The Real McCoy", one of his strongest albums with now become classical compositions such as "Passion Dance," and "Blues on the Corner". His great Mentor Coltrane should remain Tyner but also in the future, spiritually connected.

Tyner was Coltrane a religious seeker. He converted 18-from Christianity to Islam. He believed that music should have a spiritual Dimension, and he saw the deepest sense of the music that they could purify the people, "" and "collect". Like Coltrane, he also had a world of musical interest On the Album are "Sahara", from 1972, he played Koto; Harpsichord and Celeste on Trident from 1975.

at the same time McCoy Tyner but also for the vibrant jazz wilts music of the 1960s, never – and this was one of the sounds. Tyner embodies those main stream of jazz development that leads from the Bebop of Charlie Parker to the modal Jazz of the 60s up to the contemporary Neo-Hardbop. And the quite uncompromising. In the 70s, he locked himself decidedly the electric piano and the synthesizers, which flooded at the time, the world of music, and many jazz musicians moved to Bill Evans in the spell.

"The Real McCoy", but his lion has a paw for the acoustic Piano. On Friday, McCoy Tyner died in New Jersey. He was 81 years old.

Created: 08.03.2020, at 14:05

Updated Date: 08 March 2020, 15:01

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