- Audio CD (18 Sep 2000)
- Number of Discs: 1
- Label: Ojc
- ASIN: B00004U08N
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|3. My Favourite Things|
|4. The Discovery|
This album was recorded five years (1972) after Coltrane's death, and Tyner's musical progress is evident, especially on his version of "My Favorite Things." Recording it was a bold move, given the intense identification of the piece with Coltrane. Tyner had of course played on the Trane's original version in 1960 and on nearly all of the saxophonist's subsequent reinventions of the tune. Tyner stays away from the familiar hypnotic waltz-time refrain he had played on the original. This version is at times thunderous, almost orchestral in its density, and its rhythms, melodies and overtones are far more complex than any version I heard him play with Coltrane. It's a masterpiece.
Another great inclusion is "The Promise," which he recorded with Coltrane on the "Live at Birdland" release. The composition was, for me, one of Coltrane's best, although it's rarely if ever mentioned when Coltrane's best writings are discussed. Tyner captures the tune's dark melodicism, but he takes the tune at a slightly different pace and again layers powerful chords over lyrical passages he creates with his right hand.
One of Trane's enduring legacies is that he urged musicians always to look for their own voice. There have been many musicians since his death who have found ways to imitate his sound. Tyner showed with this release (he was only 32 years old at the time) that he had truly absorbed the message, incorporating the best elements of Trane's music with his own unique sound on the piano.