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Years before Chick Corea went fusion and when ECM Records was just a pipe dream, McCoy Tyner was making brilliant milestone albums with sax king pin John Coltrane. The Segovia of the piano, Tyner was the perfect match for Coltrane while, I personally became excited with Tyner after hearing his 2 brilliant ‘76 Lp releases Fly With The Wind and Focal Point. Lo and behold, turning 70 years young in 2008, McCoy is back, this time with a double CD/DVD release called Guitars. Always highly regarded for his unique virtuoso jazz piano versatility, Tyner adds, ‘I’ve never done anything like this before.’ With Tyner reigning over his grand piano—aided with the rhythm section of Ron Carter and Jack DeJohnette—the guitarists here include Bill Frisell, Derek Trucks, Marc Ribot, John Scofield and banjo hero Bela Fleck. Tyner sums up his classic jazz trio meets guitar fusion adding, ‘It was great and each guy had his own concept and own sound which is very, very important on any instrument.’ Tyner’s inventive keyboard style is very accommodating for each of these fretboard masters and the CD is accompanied by a DVD featuring songs with each guest guitarist and lots of bonus footage and features.


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