McCoy Tyner Trio | Infinity (featuring Michael Brecker) – [Impulse! Records, 1995]This is one of the best matchups of two of the most seminal figures in jazz today. There is no saxophonist alive more worthy of playing alongside the legendary pianist from the John Coltrane Quartet of the 1960s than Michael Brecker. His style is very much influenced by Coltrane’s ideas and harmonic innovations but he still manages to have a completely original voice. His playing on this date is up to his usual standard of excellence and truly seems to inspire and push the trio forward. One of the reasons that Tyner and Brecker play extremely well together is that both heavily employ the use of pentatonics. Their styles mesh amazingly well.
The music itself is mostly written by Tyner with a few exceptions including their take on Coltrane’s classic Impressions. Brecker truly extends himself on this modal standard but the highlight of the album is the first track, Flying High. Both Brecker and Tyner are in top form and play beautifully with extreme intensity.
This is one of my favorite jazz albums in my collection of over 200. You will not be disappointed if you buy it.
Also, Avery Sharpe takes one the most amazing bass solos I have ever heard on Thelonious Monk’s I Mean You and is truly up to the challenge of playing with such top-notch players. —greensauce75
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