McCoy Tyner

Inception/Nights of Ballads and Blues

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Pianist McCoy Tyner's first and third albums as a leader have been reissued on this single CD from 1988, one of the best in the short-lived MCA series of Impulse sets (before GRP took over the project). Featured with two different trios (consisting of either Art Davis or Steve Davis on bass and Elvin Jones or Lex Humphries on drums), Tyner sounds more conservative and straightahead than on his live sessions with John Coltrane during the era. However his unique style is very much in evidence (almost fully formed at this early stage) and he introduces five fine originals (including "Inception" and "Effendi") and also performs fresh versions of nine standards, highlighted by "Speak Low," "We'll Be Together Again," "Star Eyes" and "Days Of Wine And Roses." In 1997 the Inception session was reissued by Impulse as a seperate CD but obviously this two-for-the-price-of-one set (put out in 1988) is the better buy.

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