Concert: McCoy Tyner Trio , June 22, Winnipeg
Jazz Winnipeg Festival
McCoy Tyner Trio / Prairieair 7
Manitoba Theatre Centre
June 22, 2006.
67 year-old McCoy Tyner will forever be known as one of the four guys in the ground-breaking John Coltrane quartet, many years ago.
The pianist plus bassist Charnett Moffett and drummer Eric Kamau Gravatt, put on a straight-ahead jazz show with such dazzling virtuosity and quality that I'm sure it will be talked about by local jazz fans for years to come.
I have never seen so much applause for a jazz bass player. Moffett slapped, bowed, tapped with a stick and spidered his way around the acoustic bass like no one I've ever seen. Drummer Gravatt had sensational miking on his kit. It thundered at times but also whispered during the quiet, delicate parts.
Tyner was a jugernaut on the grand piano. Close you eyes and you'd never guess his age or imagine that this same guy who slowly, softly sauntered onto the stage, could pummel away with such force and skill. As an improviser, he is among the best I've heard. Several of the long compositions he played weaved diverse piano styles, recalling different eras of jazz for me.
Eric Kamau Gravatt
I can't find much to fault this show. When Tyner spoke to the audience, he often did so before the clapping dyed out, which made it touch to hear him, especially with his quiet, raspy voice.
Unfortunately, I missed the opening act, Prairieair 7, who are comprised of the cream of the crop of the local players, including guitarist Larry Roy, pianist Ron Paley, bassist Steve kirby, trumpeter Richard Gillis, Ken Gold on sax, Jeff Presslaff on trombone and Rob Siwik on drums .