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McCOY TYNER R.I.P. 1938 - 2020

McCoy Tyner, a cornerstone of John Coltrane’s groundbreaking 1960s quartet and one of the most influential pianists in jazz history, died on March 6, 2020 at his home in northern New Jersey. He was 81. His nephew Colby Tyner confirmed the death. No other details were provided.

Along with Bill Evans, Herbie Hancock, Chick Corea and only a few others, Tyner was one of the main expressways of modern jazz piano. Nearly every jazz pianist since Tyner’s years with Coltrane has had to learn his lessons, whether they ultimately discarded them or not. Tyner’s manner was modest, but his sound was rich, percussive and serious, his lyrical improvisations centered by powerful left-hand chords marking the first beat of the bar and the tonal center of the music.

That sound helped create the atmosphere of Coltrane’s music and, to some extent, all jazz in the 1960s. (When you are thinking of Coltrane playing “My Favorite Things” or “A Love Supreme,” you may be thinking of the sound of Tyner almost as much as that of Coltrane’s saxophone.) To a great extent he was a grounding force for Coltrane. In a 1961 interview, about a year and a half after hiring Tyner, Coltrane said: “My current pianist, McCoy Tyner, holds down the harmonies, and that allows me to forget them. He’s sort of the one who gives me wings and lets me take off from the ground from time to time.” -

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The Missing Seattle Parts [no label, 1CD]
Live at The Penthouse, Seattle, WA; September 30, 1965. Very good FM.

Thanks to u014945; Goody; and to TomP [tom_phillips] for sharing the tracks at Dime.

Thanks also to Lewojazz for the artwork.

TomP, July 2017:

Having bought the original 2LP vinyl and then single and finally 2CD versions, I was very happy with the music but there were obvious distractingly large balance variations and droppouts, plus the material was not continuous and it was obvious there was music missing.

Dimer u014945 posted with better sound quality what was later to become the mono ‘Unissued Broadcast’ boot that added some material but quality was still not great, so I started searching for better versions, only for u014945 to find this collection of several sources of new stereo material that allows presentation of the complete concert. The waveform is identical to the official releases and it too has the extremebalance and dropout variations, especially the end of Afro Blue which was so bad, it was obvious why it never made it to official release.

Goody did speed correction on all the source parts we were sent, then I started occasional work well over a year ago to improve the quality, always finding that the work I did was not nearly enough on first or second passes, so I’ve continued occasional work whenever I could until u014945 asked if we could post on the 50th Anniversary of Coltrane’s death.

So what you have here is a very acceptable work-in-progress version of this concert that with the exception of a few seconds missing between Afro Blue parts, is continuous with the official material and in the correct set list order with flac tags/artwork so those with a modicum of editing ability will be able to re-insert their own official material.

There are still quality variations at the transitions between sources (and official material) and lower level balance and dropouts plus phase offset variations that I will continue to occasionally work on and hope to post some time in the future.

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SET 1 (Total 118:38)
Cosmos (Coltrane) 48:39
01 - FM Intro 0:37 Private Recording
02 - Cosmos Introduction 25:09 Private Recording
-) Broadcast I Beginning 5:02
-) Broadcast II Sanders 3:27
-) Broadcast III Trane 7:27
-) Broadcast IV McCoy 9:13
03 - Bass Duet 12:03 Private Recording
xx - Cosmos 10:50 Impulse AS9202-2, AS 9267-2, ASH 9278-2 91198

Evolution (Coltrane) 39:34
05 - Bass Solo (aborted) 0:27 Private Recording
06 - Thumb Piano Piece 2:45 Private Recording
xx - Evolution 36:22 Impulse AS 9202-2 91200
xx - Tapestry In Sound (Garrison bass solo) 6:07 Impulse AS 9202-2
xx - Out Of This World (H. Arlen - J. Mercer) 24:18 Impulse AS 9202-2 91199

SET 2 (Total 95:01)
xx - Body And Soul (Green-Eyton-Heyman-Sour) 21:24 Impulse GRD 2-146
Afro Blue (M. Santamaria) 53:19
xx - Afro Blue First Part 34:43 Impulse GRD 2-146
12 - Afro Blue Last Part 18:36 Private Recording
-) Saxes + piano 5:45
-) Drum solo 6:30
-) Finale 6:21
13 - Lush life 10:02 Private Recording
14 - My Favorite Things (inc) 10:16 Private Recording

Total new music = 79:56

XX = Official tracks REMOVED

For the complete reconstituted concert, the natural CD splits are between the sets and…
Set 1: Between Cosmos and Bass Solo (aborted)
Set 2: Afro Blue First Part and Afro Blue Final Part

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Source comment:

“I am coming to the conclusion that tracks from the performance on Sept 30, 1965 that have been until now
been published as separate and distinct pieces are all one long performance of “Cosmos.” During the “untitled original” from “The Unissued Seattle Broadcast” that begins the first set on Sept 30, Coltrane told Wilke that the piece was going to be longer than the 30-minute broadcast.

Coltrane may also have had to start performing without being ready because Wilke reported that McCoy Tyner was absent when the broadcast began. Perhaps this stretched out what I am considering a introduction. You can hear Tyner play his first notes around the 15-minute mark as he launches into a solo.

The bass duet that follows has no musical break from the preceding ensemble even though the audience applauds as the horns, piano, and drums subside. Interludes of bass solos were a common practice of Coltrane’s group as heard on A Love Supreme recorded almost a year earlier. Coltrane’s statement of the “Cosmos” melody from “Live in Seattle” bursts into the bass duet with no musical pause.

After “Cosmos,” Garrison segues into a bass solo, followed immediately by Garrett’s kalimba (Thumb Piano) solo. With less than 5 seconds of silence, “Evolution” begins. I think this is actually the conclusion of “Cosmos”
because Coltrane states the “Cosmos” melody several times. (The groaning during this track foreshadows the
recording session for Om the following day.)

From the first note of the “untitled original” to the end of “Evolution” is about 86 minutes, but the 1st set
at the Penthouse on Sept 30 was not over yet. Garrison immediately launches into a 6-minute bass solo that has been titled “Tapestry in Sound” as a segue into a 24-minute standard “Out of This World” to close the set.

At this point in Coltrane’s career, he was using music to interpret ideas. The idea of cosmic space, universality, and expanded consciousness as the opening of his live radio broadcast and the first set on his first self financed live recording fits with his approach toward music in 1965. Pairing “Cosmos” with an other-worldly interpretation of “Out of This World” has a thematic integrity consistent with this theory. The later set(s) on Sept 30 included typical songs from his repertoire, Afro Blue, Body and Soul, My Favorite Things, and a surprise - Lush Life”.

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All FM > ? > ALAC > i-Sound (44.1k wav), confirmed lossless with TLH + Audition Freq / Phase plots
Goody pitch correction:
Cosmos +48 cents
Bass + Thumb Piano +48 cents
Afro Blue End -37 cents
Lush Life & MFT +38 cents
Goody also confirmed the Official tracks are thankfully pitch correct

TomP changes (Nero 8 unless indicated):
Clip restoration (Audition 3)
Removed the additional announcer at the beginning of source 2
Stitched sources and official tracks to match the Source comment above
Corrected 1000+ large balance and dropout fluctuations
Phase offset correction of FM and tape variations

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Track 01. FM Intro 0:37
Track 02. Cosmos Introduction 25:09
Track 03. Bass Duet 12:03
Track 05. Bass Solo (aborted) 0:27
Track 06. Thumb Piano Piece 2:45
Track 12. Afro Blue End 18:36
Track 13. Lush life 10:02
Track 14. My Favorite Things (inc) 10:16
80 mins

John Coltrane (ss, ts)
Donald Garrett (cl, b)
Pharoah Sanders (ts)
McCoy Tyner (p)
Jimmy Garrison (b)
Elvin Jones (d)

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  2. Finally music that is actually real Jazz by an all time great Jazz artist , one who is on the Mount Rushmore of Jazz Musicians, The others being , Davis , Montgomery and Monk , Please more true Jazz like this and o more hacks like McLaughlin and Coryell etc

    By Smashmouth on Jul 18, 2017

  3. Wow, incredible! That’s the way to do it!

    By Paul B on Jul 18, 2017

  4. Thank you ! Much appreciated.

    (Of course for pure musicianship Trane couldn’t have held a candle to Gene Simmons. Also, keep an ear open for Albert Ayler’s take on “New York Groove” which I’d like to think is out there somewhere)

    By Brian Griffin on Jul 18, 2017

  5. Well, as we all know, Gene Simmons was a student of Jimmy Garrison…

    By No more 70s rock, please on Jul 18, 2017

  6. 70s rock is the best, better than the fag music today , get with the program

    By Carlo Cuevis on Jul 19, 2017

  7. The blacks are the best Jazz artists, Whites can’t compete. Look at the history of Jazz, almost all of the legendary Jazz artists have been black .Same with blues Those are the FACTS

    By Jazzman on Jul 19, 2017

  8. Just like Blacks invented Hip Hop ,Whites take a back seat ,Same with football , basketball today ,Its hard to see any whites on the football field or basketball court anymore, blacks own sports,just like Jazz ,blues ,hip hop etc

    By Jazzman on Jul 19, 2017

  9. Blacks also have bigger cocks

    By Tony C on Jul 19, 2017

  10. Fascinating what a few skin pigments can do for you :-p

    By scriveyn on Jul 25, 2017

  11. Thank you,BigO! You made my day!!

    By bhowani on Aug 30, 2018

  12. No,you made not! the links are all dead! What a desillusion

    By bhowani on Aug 30, 2018

  13. Could you please re-up this wonder?

    By bhowani on Mar 11, 2019

  14. Alfred McCoy Tyner (December 11, 1938 – March 6, 2020):Rest In Peace

    By harmon on Mar 7, 2020

  15. Rumor has it McCoy had Big Un

    By U L E on Mar 7, 2020

  16. Of course.

    By U L E on Mar 7, 2020

  17. Sad to hear of McCoy’s passing, he was a great talent and a true legend. I only saw him live once, but it was memorable.

    By Jack on Mar 7, 2020

  18. That wasn’t me above. I would have mentioned Mark Farner’s reading of A Love Supreme.

    I can’t take Smashy seriously any more, as I understand his definition of jazz guitar genius is George Benson.

    Stick with McLaughlin, you all know it makes sense.

    By Brian Griffin on Mar 7, 2020

  19. Jazz sucked in the 60’s. Sorry. Just a bunch of noise.

    By Cook on Mar 7, 2020

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