McCoy Tyner: Fly With the Wind - JazzWax

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June 23, 2008


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Greg Lee

I love this album! It was one of my favorites when it came out, our local L.A. jazz station played "Fly With the Wind" all the time, mainly because of those thunderous drums of Cobham's, I believe. I don't think I knew or cared that it was recorded all without overdubs, but it doesn't surprise me. It had such a BIG sound, and strings never sounded so powerful. Later, when Tyner recorded THE GREETING (another one that I hope gets the Keepnews' remaster treatment someday), I went and saw Tyner's septet at the Lighthouse in Hermosa Beach. I swear it was the loudest show I'd ever heard. Tyner didn't need no stacks of Marshall amps, that's for sure. Volume doesn't necessarily equate to greatness, but in Tyner's case, I believe it's not mentioned or emphasized nearly enough as much as other aspects of his playing, even though I think that keyboard power of his undeniably part of his appeal, kind of like Horowitz-- they both DEMAND the piano come forth with its boldest effort, if you know what I mean!

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