McCoy Tyner – in solo Concert – Jazz à la Villette, Paris – September 7, 2005 – Radio France Musique –
McCoy Tyner in solo concert – recorded during Jazz à la Villette in Paris on September 7, 2005 and broadcast by Radio France Musique. As soon as I heard the news about the passing of McCoy Tyner, my first reaction was to post one of his quartet concerts as a way of letting the notes speak, rather than search for words. I promised I would run another concert this weekend, and I thought one of the best ways to pay tribute to the artist was to offer one of his solo concerts as not only tribute, but appreciation for the man and his limitless gifts he gave so freely to the Jazz world and to music in general.
Here’s a rundown of what he plays:
01. The Greeting (Tyner)
02. For All we Know (J. Fred Coots)
03. Blues Stride (Tyner)
04. Angelina (McCoy Tyner)
05. Walk Spirit, Talk Spirit (Tyner)
06. Search for Peace (Tyner)
07. Track 7 (Tyner)
08. Ballad for AÔsha (Tyner)
09. Happy Days (Tyner)
10. Naima (John Coltrane)
This is spellbinding stuff, and as someone pointed out, is more than worth an hour of undivided attention just to absorb what was happening here.
We mourn the loss – and the outpouring of reflections and feelings has been truly overwhelming. This is an appreciation of the gift – that ability to convey a feeling – a voice without words that speaks directly to the soul and without any effort, nourishes. That’s the magic of all this – it’s the magic of music. Perhaps not magic so much as the spiritual connection that runs through each of us. No wonder music is often referred to as an old friend. Certainly, in this context it’s the embrace of a loving source.
Enjoy and reflect. And blessings to McCoy Tyner to have walked this earth.