Tyner, McCoy - Sama Layuca

Year of Release: 2001
Label: Milestone
Catalog Number: QJCCD-1071-2
Format: CD
Total Time: 42:58:00

McCoy Tyner's Sama Layuca, which was released to critical acclaim in 1974 and remastered for a more fruitful sound in 2001, is considered to be post bop. While it is that, I think jazz-fusion would be a more all-encompassing reference to use for this music. I heard some bop surely, although I think a progressive open-ended freeform style of fusion dominates.

In the 60's Tyner made his name known by means of John Coltrane's band. There is no question that his stay with 'Trane influenced him. By the time he set off on his own, he had firmly established himself as an innovator of jazz piano. Gary Bartz's saxophone playing is sweetly reminiscent of the legendary Coltrane's style throughout this original jazz classic.

Tyner was spiritually driven and inspired to create music that echoed the sentiments of his ancestors. His skillful playing recognized the worlds of Africa, Latin America, and Asia in a most respectful way. His artistry was a gallant effort to depict a cultural stew that simmered in his music. It all boils over with the exuberance of young child let loose to play in the schoolyard of life. His supporting cast obviously held the same values, as their musicianship is unmatched, following Tyner every step of the way throughout this album.

I was nicely surprised with the progressiveness and forward thinking of this album. For jazz recorded in 1974 it was far ahead of its time. Chick Corea's Return To Forever came to mind more than once while I was absorbing this remarkable session. This is a necessary purchase for those of you that enjoy the more risqué side of jazz music.

Sama Layuca (8:40) / Above The Rainbow (3:03) / La Cuba?a (10:28) / Desert Cry (4:58) / Paradox (16:29)

McCoy Tyner - piano
Gary Bartz - alto sax
Billy Hart - drums
Azar Lawrence - soprano and tenor sax
Guilherme Franco - percussion
Bobby Hutcherson - marimba, vibraphone
James Mtume - percussion
John Stubblefield - flute, oboe
Buster Williams - bass

Great Moments With McCoy Tyner (1962)
Inception (1962)
Inception/Nights Of Ballads And Blues (1962)
McCoy Tyner: The Early Trios, Vol. 6 (1962)
Reevaluations: The Impulse Years (1962)
Live At Newport (1963)
Nights Of Ballads And Blues (1963)
Reaching Fourth (1963)
Today And Tomorrow (1963)
Today And Tomorrow [Japan] (1963)
McCoy Tyner Plays Ellington (1964)
Jazz Profile (1967)
Tender Moments (1967)
The Real McCoy [Blue Note] (1967)
Expansions (1968)
Time For Tyner (1968)
Cosmos (1969)
Asante (1970)
Extensions (1970)
Echoes Of A Friend (1972)
Reflections: A Retrospective 1972-1975 (1972)
Sahara (1972)
Song For My Lady (1972)
Enlightenment (1973)
Song Of The New World (1973)
Atlantis (1974)
Sama Layuca (1974/2001)
Trident (1975)
Chick Corea, Herbie Hancock, Keith Jarrett,... (1976)
Fly With The Wind (1976)
Focal Point (1976)
Inner Voices (1977)
Supertrios (1977)
Passion Dance (1978)
The Greeting (1978)
Together (1978)
Horizon (1979)
4 X 4 (1980)
Four Times Four (1980)
13th House (1981)
La Leyenda De La Hora (1982)
Looking Out (1982)
Dimensions (1983)
Paris Bossa (1984)
It's About Time (1985)
Double Trios (1986)
Bon Voyage (1987)
Live At The Musicians Exchange Cafe (1987)
Tribute To John Coltrane (1987)
What's New? (1987)
Revelations (1988)
Uptown/Downtown (1988)
Live At Sweet Basil, Vol. 1 (1989)
Live At Sweet Basil, Vol. 2 (1989)
Things Ain't What They Used To Be (1989)
44th Street Suite (1991)
Blue Bossa [Bonus Tracks] (1991)
Double Exposure (1991)
Just Feelin' (1991)
Key Of Soul (1991)
New York Reunion (1991)
Remembering John (1991)
Soliloquy (1991)
The Turning Point (1991)
Hot Licks: Giant Steps (1993)
Journey (1993)
Manhattan Moods (1993)
Solar: McCoy Tyner Trio Live At Sweet Basil (1993)
Prelude And Sonata (1994)
Infinity (1995)
Jazz Classics (1995)
Live In Warsaw (1995/2001)
The Best Of McCoy Tyner: The Blue Note Years (1996)
What The World Needs Now: The Music Of Burt Bacharach (1996)
Autumn Mood (1997)
Priceless Jazz (1998)
McCoy Tyner & The Latin All-Stars (1999)
At The Warsaw Jamboree (2000)
Immortal Concerts: Beautiful Love (2000)
Jazz Collection (2000)
Jazz Roots: McCoy Tyner Honors Jazz Piano Legends Of The 20th Century (2000)
Les Incontournables (2000)
McCoy Tyner With Stanley Clarke & Al Foster (2000)
Real McCoy [Starburst] (2000)
McCoy Tyner Plays John Coltrane: Live At The Village Vanguard (2001)
Best Of McCoy Tyner Big Band (2002)
The Definitive McCoy Tyner (2002)
Port Au Blues (2002)
Suddenly (2002)
Land Of Giants (2003)
Modern Jazz Archive (2004)
Iluminations (2004)
Monk's Dream (2004)
Counterpoints: Live In Tokyo (2004)
Warsaw Concert 1991 (2004)
McCoy Tyner Quartet (2007)
Afro Blue (2007)
Guitars (2008)
Solo: Live From San Francisco (2009)

Genre: Jazz/Trad. Jazz

Origin US

Added: November 5th 2002
Reviewer: Keith "Muzikman" Hannaleck
Artist website: mccoytyner.com
Hits: 487
Language: english


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