Live at Newport
The first live album from the great McCoy Tyner, one of the most influential pianists in the history of jazz music. Recorded at the 1963 Newport Jazz Festival and released on the Impulse! label in 1964. According to Willis Conover's original liner notes, Tyner was worn out from playing Montreal the night before, and he was paired with three musicians he'd never played with before (trumpeter Clark Terry, alto saxophonist Charlie Mariano, and bassist Bob Cranshaw), two of whom were using borrowed instruments. What is a surprise is that not only does the group hold together, but they excel. They sound empathetic, as if they've played many times before, yet there are enough sparks to signal that they're still unsure of what the other will play. "It's straight-ahead hard bop in the best possible sense..." A numbered limited edition pressed on Audiophile Clear Vinyl (ACV).