McCoy Tyner

Quintet

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This is a bit of an unusual release in pianist McCoy Tyner's vast discography. In 1991 he added trumpeter/flugelhornist Claudio Roditi and Latin percussionist Raphael Cruz to his regular trio for a pair of sessions made for LRC, though seven of the tracks appeared on one CD, with three others being paired with an unrelated quartet session by Sir Roland Hanna. Cruz is a bit too prominent in the mix in Kenny Dorham's timeless "Blue Bossa," though Roditi's horn is a welcome addition, and brings out a different side to Tyner. Only the trio (with bassist Avery Sharpe) and drummer Aaron Scott is heard on the lush take of "I'll Take Romance" and the pianist's driving "Rotunda." Roditi contributed several originals, including the easygoing ballad "The Natural Bridge," the breezy samba "The Monster and the Flower" (featuring him on trumpet) and the relaxing "Autumn Mood." Like typical budget CDs, Quintet was not marketed seriously so it was left up to McCoy Tyner fans to stumble across it in CD bins, something that is getting harder to do with the disappearance of brick and mortar stores. But it is worth the effort to find it.

Track Listing - Disc 1

Title/Composer Performer Time
1
9:58
2
5:49
3
7:45
4
6:50
5
8:18

Track Listing - Disc 2

Title/Composer Performer Time
1
8:17
2
8:36
3
7:00
4
7:19
5
6:25
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