Aziza (feat. Dave Holland, Chris Potter, Lionel Loueke, Eric Harland)
Personnel: McCoy Tyner (piano); Gary Bartz (saxophone); Terence Blanchard (trumpet); Christian McBride (bass instrument); Lewis Nash (drums).Recording information: Avatar, New York, New York (11/18/2003 - 11/19/2003).ILLUMINATIONS finds McCoy Tyner, some 40 years after his best-known work (as a member of John Coltrane's legendary early-1960s quartet), still kicking. Tyner's energies as a session leader, composer, and ever-progressive musician haven't flagged since the mid-'60's, when the pianist started heading his own dates. On this 2004 album, as per usual, Tyner has surrounded himself with some of the finest personnel in jazz, including bassist Christian McBride, sax player Gary Bartz, and trumpeter Terence Blanchard.Tyner's music is appealing for its balance of familiar hard-bop vocabulary and intricately wrought structures--it is rhythmic and accessible, yet intellectually engaging. Tyner plays with great vigor, mixing virtuoso classical flourishes with bold chords and dazzlingly complex solos. His compositions here touch on avant-bebop ("The Chase"), Latin groove ("Angelina"), and smooth swing (the title track--on which all the musicians get a chance to stretch out). Blanchard's playing is especially notable, substantiating the melody lines in the chorus and blazing on the solos (as on "New Orleans Stomp," driven by a classic second-line beat). The high quality of music here--in conception and execution--should come as no surprise to long-time fans of Tyner or his sidemen.
The works of African American composers such as Hale Smith are often mistakenly classified as jazz. However, classical aficionados will appreciate the complexity and grace of Hale's music. Its contemporary, urban sound makes it a natural descendent of the classical music of the past.Throughout his career, Hale was certainly involved in the jazz scene, collaborating with such luminaries as Eric Dolphy and Ahmad Jamal, and the influence they've had on his music is easily heard in pieces like "Variations a Due" for saxophone and cello. The smoky horn melodies would sound perfect on a film noir soundtrack or in a jazz club. "Innerflexions" turns a symphony orchestra into a big band par excellence. In addition to working with jazz greats, Hale is responsible for arranging spirituals for singers such as Kathleen Battle and Jessye Norman, and this talent for arrangement is part of what makes this album's music so memorable.
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