McCoy Tyner Trio – Inception {impulse!} “Analogue Productions”


Review by Alexander Gelfand ~allmusic.com
Those familiar with the dense, percussive style that pianist McCoy Tyner has cultivated since the 1970s onwards may be surprised by what they hear on Inception. Like Reaching Fourth and Nights of Ballads and Blues, this album gives listeners the chance to hear what a very young Tyner sounded like outside the confines of the classic John Coltrane quartet of the early ’60s; it reveals a lyrical approach to jazz piano that seems a far cry from Tyner’s mature style. The choice of material is fairly evenly split between modal pieces like “Inception” and more harmonically involved tunes like “Speak Low,” and the pianist’s treatment of both demonstrates the extent to which his early work was rooted in bebop. Tyner had yet to develop the massive orchestral sound and highly distinctive vocabulary of modal licks that would mark his later style, and throughout this album he spins dizzyingly long and singing lines with an exquisitely light touch. The irresistible rush of forward momentum that he maintains on tracks like “Effendi” and “Blues for Gwen” is breathtaking, and there is an exuberant, almost athletic quality to much of his solo work. Bassist Art Davis and drummer Elvin Jones provide superb accompaniment throughout, and they lay a solid rhythmic foundation for Tyner’s sparkling melodic flights. The pianist’s penchant for drama, which asserts itself more strongly in his later work, is on brief display in the original ballad “Sunset”; his skills as an arranger, though evident on several tracks, are perhaps best illustrated by the intricate contrapuntal treatment of “There Is No Greater Love.”

Tracklist:
01. Inception (4:28)
02. There is No Greater Love (6:20)
03. Blues for Gwen (4:26)
04. Sunset (4:41)
05. Effendi (6:39)
06. Speak Low (6:22)

Personnel:
McCoy Tyner – piano
Art Davis – bass
Elvin Jones – drums

Recorded January 10, 1962

Genre: Jazz
Style: Post Bop, Piano Trio
Label: impulse! / Analogue Productions
Year: 2011
Time: 32:56

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Phineas Newborn, Jr. – Harlem Blues {Fantasy}[xrcd]


Review by Scott Yanow (allmusic.com)
The superb trio (pianist Phineas Newborn, bassist Ray Brown and drummer Elvin Jones) had never played together before but it didn’t matter. They had little trouble finding common ground. The virtuosic pianist (still in peak form) leads the way on such pieces as his “Harlem Blues,” “Ray’s Idea” (composed decades earlier by Brown) and Horace Silver’s “Cookin’ at the Continental.”

Tracklist:
01. Harlem Blues (04:12)
02. Sweet and Lovely (07:38)
03. Little Girl Blue (06:15)
04. Ray’s Idea (05:21)
05. Stella By Starlight (06:00)
06. Tenderly (05:56)
07. Cookin’ at the Continental (03:08)

Personnel:
Phineas Newborn, Jr. – piano
Ray Brown – bass
Elvin Jones – drums

Recorded at Contemporary’s Studio, Los Angeles; February 12 and 13, 1969

Label: Fantasy – xrcd Edition
Year: 1999
Genre: Jazz
Style: Mainstream, Hard Bop, Piano Trio
Total Time: 38:29

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Duke Ellington & John Coltrane {impulse!} “Analogue Productions”


Review by Scott Yanow (allmusic.com)

For this classic encounter, Duke Ellington “sat in” with the John Coltrane Quartet for a set dominated by Ellington’s songs; some performances have his usual sidemen (bassist Aaron Bell and drummer Sam Woodyard) replacing Jimmy Garrison and Elvin Jones in the group. Although it would have been preferable to hear Coltrane play in the Duke Ellington orchestra instead of the other way around, the results are quite rewarding. Their version of “In a Sentimental Mood” is a high point, and such numbers as “Take the Coltrane,” “Big Nick,” and “My Little Brown Book” are quite memorable. Ellington always recognized talent, and Coltrane seemed quite happy to be recording with a fellow genius.

Tracks:
01 – In a Sentimental Mood
02 – Take the Coltrane
03 – Big Nick
04 – Stevie
05 – My Little Brown Book
06 – Angelica
07 – The Feeling of Jazz

Personnel:
Duke Ellington – piano
John Coltrane – tenor & soprano saxophone
Jimmy Garrison, Aaron Bell – bass
Elvin Jones, Sam Woodyard – drums

Recorded September 26, 1962

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Hank Jones (Great Jazz Trio) – Autumn Leaves {441 Records}


Review by Ken Dryden (allmusic.com)

The Great Jazz Trio was a working cooperative working with various lineups led by Hank Jones in during the 1970s and 1980s, but the revival of this defunct group finds Jones joined by two newcomers to the group, seasoned veterans Richard Davis on bass and the leader’s brother, Elvin Jones, on drums. Oddly enough, the two brothers have recorded together very infrequently during their long careers, so this opportunity must have been special to them. The opening track signals a different direction for the group, with Elvin’s explosive solo stealing the show in “Autumn Leaves.” The pianist’s imaginative arrangement of “Yesterdays” begins as a stunning solo before Davis’ sparse bass and Elvin’s brushes join him. The buoyant treatment of Kenny Dorham’s “Blue Bossa” finds Hank in a humorous mood, inserting several brief quotes from well-known works such as “Hot House” and “Blue Skies.” The trio is clearly cooking by the time it recorded the percolating take of Oliver Nelson’s “Six and Four.” Hopefully, this delightful date by the Great Jazz Trio will result in a follow-up recording session.

Tracks:
01 – Autumn Leaves
02 – Yesterdays
03 – Rhythm-a-Ning
04 – Blue Bossa
05 – Take the “A” Train
06 – Summertime
07 – Caravan
08 – Six and Four
09 – My Funny Valentine
10 – Bye Bye Blackbird

Personnel:
Hank Jones – piano
Richard Davis – bass
Elvin Jones – drums

Recorded at Avatar Studios, New York, on May 12 and 13, 2002

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Miles Davis – Sketches of Spain [2CD]{Columbia} “Legacy Edition”


Review by Thom Jurek (allmusic.com)

More than likely, the serious Miles Davis fan has already bought Sketches of Spain in numerous editions before, from its original CD issue to two different remasters — and some have purchased it as part of the Miles Davis & Gil Evans: The Complete Columbia Studio Recordings box set as well. This 50th Anniversary Legacy Edition will more than likely be either for the serious Miles collector, or for a newcomer to the recordings of Davis and Evans. Since the single-CD issue of Sketches of Spain is still available, it remains to be seen who this 50th Anniversary Deluxe Edition set — which contains no unreleased music — will appeal to; but it is a handsome issue and does contain a couple of nice bonuses to make it attractive. Along with the original album is a 70-minute bonus disc filled with alternate takes and extra tracks. There are four different takes of “Concerto de Arjanuez (Adagio),” including a two-part, alternate take version that lasts in total about 20 minutes; a stellar live version which is the only one that took place, and a brief alternate ending. In addition to other alternates of album pieces are “Maids of Cadiz,” which showcases the first Spanish composition that Evans adapted for Miles, and “Teo,” from the Someday My Prince Will Come sessions. It was included because of its symbiotic relationship to “Solea,” on Sketches of Spain. Also included on the bonus disc is a large .pdf file that is in essence a digital booklet with rare photos, press clippings, and previously unpublished documents related to the recordings sessions for the album. This version also comes with a new liner essay by Gunther Schuller. Again, the more casual Miles listener, and even the purchaser of his classic albums, may hesitate, but for the more serious jazz aficionado, it is somewhat revelatory to hear the bonus material prepared and sequenced in this context; and the extra digital booklet — given the attractive price of the set — makes it tough to resist.

Tracks – Disc One:
01 – Concierto de Aranjuez (Adagio)
02 – Will O’ the Wisp
03 – The Pan Piper
04 – Saeta
05 – Solea
06 – Song of Our Country

Tracks – Disc Two:
01 – Maids of Cadiz
02 – Concierto de Aranjuez (Adagio)_rehearsal take, incomplete, w/o
03 – Concierto de Aranjuez (Adagio)_alternate take, part one
04 – Concierto de Aranjuez (Adagio)_alternate take, part two
05 – Concierto de Aranjuez (Adagio)_alternate ending
06 – The Pan Piper (take 1)
07 – Song of Our Country_take 9, w/o intro
08 – Song of Our Country_take 14, slower tempo, w/o intro
09 – Saeta (full version of master)
10 – Concierto de Aranjuez (Adagio)_live
11 – Teo

Personnel:
Miles Davis – fluegelhorn, trumpet
Gil Evans – arranger, conductor
Paul Chambers – bass
Jimmy Cobb, Art Taylor – drums
Elvin Jones – percussion
etc.

Recorded on May 6 & 27, 1957 and November 20, 1959 at Columbia 30th Street Studio, NYC

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