Thursday, March 29, 2012

March's Underappreciated Music: the links

Bill Crider: Patti Page (the Singin' Rage)

Charlie Ricci: CPR (Crosby, Pevar, Raymond); Bett Butler

My Friend L: Pussy Riot; The Pussy Riot Incident (video)

Evan Lewis: "Mustang Sally"

George Kelley: The Electric Prunes: Too Much to Dream

Jerry House: Guy Van Duser; A Day in the Life of Dennis Day; Earl Scruggs, RIP

Lee Hartsfeld: Meet the Girls

Scott Parker: debut albums

Patti Abbott: Jesse McReynolds

WFMU: Bouton Rouge Sessions (a number of which have been available in black and white previously on YT, but some of them are now in color...the direct link to the YT "channel")

Todd Mason: McCoy Tyner in the 1970s. I think, of all the major contributors to the development of jazz and particularly third stream music over his career, the one given least credit for this work, particularly outside the circles of jazz cognoscenti, is Tyner. First coming to prominence as one of the core members of John Coltrane's bands in the early '60s, he gained a solid following for his adventurousness and attention to never letting the basics slide, but never gained the kind of cult status that Coltrane or Mingus would (or even George Russell, to a less famous but no less intense degree), nor quite the widespread commercial support that the Brubeck Quartet, the Modern Jazz Quartet, or Thelonious Monk gathered quickly or eventually. Recording some of his most adventurous music, for large ensembles and small, for indy labels such as Milestone in the '70s, a lot of this music never quite reached the audience it might...true of a lot of adventurous jazz in this period, but perhaps particularly unfortunate (or simply unnecessary) when one considers how accessible Tyner's work was in this mode. The larger audience probably would've dug it, had they known it existed.

The title track from Fly with the Wind:

A 1974 small-group performance in Warsaw, of "Walk Spirit, Talk Spirit":

And here's the second half...

Tyner and others with another cult-following peformer, Rahsaan Roland Kirk:

And, of course, the classic Coltrane Quartet:

And, a latter-day (2002) reading of the lead track from Tyner's first album as a bandleader after leaving the Coltrane group, The Real McCoy..."African Village"
Part 2
Part 3


George said...

I owned all of McCoy Tyner's CTI recordings, Todd. Played them until the grooves wore out.

Todd Mason said...

And given CTI's proclivities, those might've been the least of Tyner's recordings in the 1970s (and given it was Tyner, some of the best of the CTI records)...if you loved those, you should definitely look into his solo piano records of the last decade or so...