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McCoy Tyner|Nights Of Ballads & Blues

Nights Of Ballads & Blues

McCoy Tyner

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As the title implies, this McCoy Tyner release is a low-key, after-hours affair. Far removed from the intensity of work with then-boss John Coltrane, Tyner stretches out on a fine mix of standards and bebop classics. The pianist, of course, always had his own fleet and rich way with ballads, in spite of the galvanizing marathon solos he became known for on live dates and his later experimental recordings with Coltrane. His ballad style is even touched with a bit of sentimentality, which thankfully is kept in check by a bevy of tasteful lines. Backed by the topnotch rhythm tandem of bassist Steve Davis and drummer Lex Humphries, Tyner finds the room to develop classic statements on highlights like Monk's "'Round Midnight," Ellington and Strayhorn's "Satin Doll," and Parker's "Star Eyes." On more easeful tracks like "For Heaven's Sake," Tyner utilizes his block chord approach to meditative and romantic effect. Rounded out by solid blues sides like "Blue Monk" and Tyner's own "Groove Waltz," Nights of Ballads & Blues qualifies as one of the pianist's most enjoyable early discs.
© Stephen Cook /TiVo

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1
Satin Doll
00:05:39

Duke Ellington, Composer - McCoy Tyner, MainArtist - George Douglas, Producer - Bob Thiele, Producer

℗ 1963 GRP Records Inc.

2
We'll Be Together Again
00:03:38

Carl Fischer, Composer - Frankie Laine, Author - McCoy Tyner, MainArtist - George Douglas, Producer - Bob Thiele, Producer

℗ 1963 GRP Records Inc.

3
'Round Midnight
00:06:21

Thelonious Monk, Composer - Bernie Hanighen, Author - Cootie Williams, Composer - McCoy Tyner, MainArtist - George Douglas, Producer - Bob Thiele, Producer

℗ 1963 GRP Records Inc.

4
For Heaven's Sake
00:03:47

Sherman Edwards, ComposerLyricist - McCoy Tyner, MainArtist - George Douglas, Producer - Bob Thiele, Producer - Elise Bretton, ComposerLyricist - Don Meyer, ComposerLyricist

℗ 1963 GRP Records Inc.

5
Star Eyes
00:05:02

Gene DePaul, Composer - Steve Davis, Upright Bass, AssociatedPerformer - Don Raye, Author - McCoy Tyner, MainArtist - George Douglas, Producer - Bob Thiele, Producer - Lex Humphries, Drums, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 1963 The Verve Music Group, a Division of UMG Recordings, Inc.

6
Blue Monk
00:05:21

Thelonious Monk, Composer - McCoy Tyner, MainArtist - George Douglas, Producer - Bob Thiele, Producer

℗ 1963 GRP Records Inc.

7
Groove Waltz
00:05:29

Steve Davis, Upright Bass, AssociatedPerformer - McCoy Tyner, Composer, MainArtist - George Douglas, Producer - Bob Thiele, Producer - Lex Humphries, Drums, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 1963 UMG Recordings, Inc.

8
Days Of Wine And Roses
00:03:26

Johnny Mercer, Author - Henry Mancini, Composer - McCoy Tyner, MainArtist - George Douglas, Producer - Bob Thiele, Producer

℗ 1963 The Verve Music Group, a Division of UMG Recordings, Inc.

Album review

As the title implies, this McCoy Tyner release is a low-key, after-hours affair. Far removed from the intensity of work with then-boss John Coltrane, Tyner stretches out on a fine mix of standards and bebop classics. The pianist, of course, always had his own fleet and rich way with ballads, in spite of the galvanizing marathon solos he became known for on live dates and his later experimental recordings with Coltrane. His ballad style is even touched with a bit of sentimentality, which thankfully is kept in check by a bevy of tasteful lines. Backed by the topnotch rhythm tandem of bassist Steve Davis and drummer Lex Humphries, Tyner finds the room to develop classic statements on highlights like Monk's "'Round Midnight," Ellington and Strayhorn's "Satin Doll," and Parker's "Star Eyes." On more easeful tracks like "For Heaven's Sake," Tyner utilizes his block chord approach to meditative and romantic effect. Rounded out by solid blues sides like "Blue Monk" and Tyner's own "Groove Waltz," Nights of Ballads & Blues qualifies as one of the pianist's most enjoyable early discs.
© Stephen Cook /TiVo

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