Fans of McCoy Tyner’s music should know that he is beginning to work on some upcoming tracks for a possible album release sometime next year. Things are in the preliminary stage, and you can get updates on the progress of this project here on the website.
Bob Weir’s interview with Dan Rather on AXSTV features Weir talking about his style of rhythm guitar and how he fit with Jerry Garcia in the Grateful Dead. Of note in the brief clip is Bob Weir citing piano players as a frame of reference for his playing style, specifically how McCoy Tyner played with John Coltrane.
“The way he set things up for Coltrane to bounce off of,” Weir explained. “Jerry had remarkable facility with soloing and playing leads and stuff like that….I had to figure out something else to do and back in those days playing rhythm guitar was a pretty functionary kind of deal, there wasn’t a lot to it.” He added, “There weren’t any examples of people for me to pattern what I was doing after, so I went for piano players.”AXSTV, Bob Weir, Dan Rather, Grateful Dead, Jerry Garcia
This profile of McCoy comes from National Public Radio’s Jazz profiles archive, and features audio interviews with McCoy, his contemporaries, and those who cite him as an influence. This page includes links to more information on McCoy and other NPR jazz resources.
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McCoy and his family offer condolences to the family of Blue Note Records Executive, Bruce Lundvall. Our thoughts and prayers go out to his wife Kay; three sons: Tor, Kurt and his wife Blythe, and Eric and his wife Johanna; as well as two grandchildren: Rayna and Kerstin.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests that a donation be made to the Michael J. Fox Foundation.Blue Note Records, Blue Note Records Executive, Bruce Lundvall, Michael J. Fox Foundation
This roundtable discussion on Huffington Post Live features Cornel West and others associated with the man or studies of his work. Informative, opinionated talk on the man, the work, and the group, including McCoy Tyner.