Remembering McCoy Tyner: Blue Note Records Playlist
It’s difficult to comprehend the magnitude of McCoy Tyner’s innovative contributions to music. As a leader and sideman, he recorded dozens of monumental Blue Note albums and has played a major role in shaping the character of our catalog. As an artist, his sense of harmony and rhythm has been pervasive — Mr. Tyner’s signature is forever imprinted upon the musical vocabulary of generations to come.
Blue Note Records president Don Was stated the above following the recent death of legendary jazz pianist McCoy Tyner at the age of 81. The renowned jazz record label further praised Tyner, asserting “his deep influence on nearly every jazz pianist to emerge over the past 60 years is immeasurable.”
Alfred “McCoy” Tyner was born in Philadelphia in 1938. In 1960, John Coltrane invited a then 21-year-old Tyner to join the John Coltrane Quartet. Tyner contributed to such landmark recordings as “My Favorite Things” and the 1964 album, A Love Supreme.
Tyner’s first session for Blue Note occurred on June 19, 1960, for Freddie Hubbard’s album, Open Sesame. Tyner appeared on many additional Blue Note recordings by the likes of Hubbard, Joe Henderson, Wane Shorter, Bobby Hutcherson, Grant Green and others.
Tyner made his Blue Note debut as a bandleader with his standout 1967 record The Real McCoy. Over the next three years, Blue Note released Tyner’s albums Tender Moments, Time for Tyner, Expansions and Extensions. The legendary pianist and the legendary record label reunited in 1985 after Blue Note’s relaunch, producing several additional recordings.
Following Tyner’s death, Blue Note compiled a playlist highlighting his recordings from across his storied career. Stream the playlist below: