The McCoy Tyner Trio

Live at Sweet Basil

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This double CD (originally recorded for King in 1989) finds the great pianist McCoy Tyner stretching out with bassist Avery Sharpe and drummer Aaron Scott on five standards, a pair of songs apiece by John Coltrane and Thelonious Monk, and two of his own originals. Tyner has continued to grow in density and power through the years and by this time possessed a technique nearly on the level of an Art Tatum; his version of "Yesterdays," although different, somehow recalls Tatum. With other highpoints including "Monk's Dream," "Don't Blame Me" and "Just in Time," this two-fer gives one a definitive look at McCoy Tyner in the late '80s.

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