McCoy Tyner

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On this long out of print LP from the defunct Elektra Musician label, (reissued on CD by Collectables in 2005), pianist McCoy Tyner is featured in one of his strongest groups, a quintet with altoist Gary Bartz, violinist John Blake, bassist John Lee, and drummer Wilby Fletcher. A transitional set between Tyner's adventurous Milestone albums and his later repertoire (which falls in the tradition but still sounds quite original), this album has two standards ("Prelude to a Kiss" and "Just in Time"); Bartz's tribute to Thelonious Monk ("Uncle Bubba"); and one original apiece by Tyner, Blake, and Lee. Excellent music.

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