CD Hip Toe: Live at the Musicians Exchange Cafe 1987 (8026575107229) (CD 1228925), Audio Other
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Hip Toe: Live at the Musicians Exchange Cafe 1987 (8026575107229)

  • 1. Seor Carlos
    2. Lover Man
    3. You Taught My Heart to Sing
    4. Port au Blues
    5. Island Birdie
    6. What's New?
    7. Hip Toe
  • Additional Info
    Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): 107

  • Credits
    ProducerEd Thompson; Russ Nagy; Robert W. Schachner

    Recorded live in 1987.
    Personnel include: McCoy Tyner (piano); Avery Sharpe (bass); Louis Hayes (percussion).
    Personnel: McCoy Tyner (piano); Louis Hayes (drums).
    Audio Mixer: Ed Thompson .
    Liner Note Author: Matteo Piazza.
    Recording information: The Musicians Exchange Cafe, Fort Lauderdale, FL (07/24/1987/07/25/1987).
    McCoy Tyner is featured in a Ft. Lauderdale nightclub on this live set recorded in 1987, with bassist Avery Sharpe and drummer Louis Hayes. Sharpe is on electric bass for the opener, "Senor Carlos," Tyner's lively tribute to rock guitarist Carlos Santana. The pianist's shimmering exploration of "Loverman" is followed by a solo of his gorgeous original ballad "You Taught My Heart to Sing," which later had lyrics added by Sammy Cahn and has the potential to become a standard. Next up is Tyner's "Port au Blues," a swinging blues that showcases Sharpe's double-stopping. The leader's "Island Blues" is a driving calypso, with Sharpe's sinewy electric bass and Hayes' powerful percussion complementing Tyner's hard-charging piano in an extended workout. "What's New," written by Bob Haggart and long a favorite of jazz musicians, in an elegant solo feature for Tyner. The performance concludes with yet another original, the brisk "Hip Toe," which likely had the audience swaying back and forth and tapping their feet along with it. A hidden gem in Tyner's formidable discography which was initially released by Who's Who in Jazz in 1988, this rewarding live CD should be considered an essential purchase. ~ Ken Dryden

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