Jazz legend Tyner looks forward but can't escape his historic past


By Bret Saunders
Special to The Denver Post

McCoy Tyner will play with bassist Charnett Moffett and drummer Eric Gravatt at the Paramount. (Getty / Robert Atanasovski)

Imagine being the only surviving participant in one of the most admired groups in jazz history. Decades after its creation, a major recording recently has been discovered in your bandleader's long-neglected closet.

Critics are practically breathless in their praise of this documentation of the near-mythic group.

You would be eager to hear what the excitement was about, right? And you'd certainly want to hear what you created, and the extent of your involvement in all of this.

Well, you're not pianist McCoy Tyner. Then again, there's only one.

"No, I haven't heard it," Tyner said of the recently released "One Down, One Up: Live at the Half Note" (Impulse!), two CDs of the classic John Coltrane Quartet. "I guess I'll have to go to the record store and pick it up," he added with a laugh. 

Seeing the light of official release for the first time, the album chronicles the soaring interplay among saxophonist Coltrane, pianist Tyner, bassist Jimmy Garrison and drummer Elvin Jones at a 1965 gig. ... [MORE]

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