McCoy Tyner’s Two Week Residency at Yoshi’s

Week 1
McCoy Tyner – Piano
Bobby Hutcherson – Vibraphone
Cecil McBee – Bass
Jack DeJohnette – Drums
McCoy Tyner’s two week residency at Yoshi’s has become a local and favorite tradition. For the past 10 years, for two weeks, the legendary pianist has played with some of the best and brightest talent in the jazz world. This year was no different. The first week performance, for the most part, was enjoyable but there were moments when it just sounded like noise. They did not always blend well in their music. Tyner’s and Hutcherson’s performances were outstanding and they played well together but McBee’s and DeJohnette’s solo’s seemed to be abstract and not fit with the songs. DeJohnette’s solo’s were a little too long and too loud which also detracted from McBee’s solo’s. I am hoping that maybe I just came on an off night and these talented musicians grooved better on their other sets.
Week 2
McCoy Tyner – Piano
Christian McBride – Bass
Lewis Nash – Drums
I am still rocking in my seat from the second week performance. The grooves were tight and everyone seemed to enjoy playing together especially Tyner who was magnificent. I think I like seeing Tyner in a trio setting the best for it really allows him to cut loose on the piano as he did on this night with the trio and in his solos. This was my first time seeing Lewis Nash perform but it definitely will not be my last for he is an incredible drummer. His solos were efficient and yet took the music to a whole new level. On one song, he and Tyner did a call and response that was fantastic. I saw Christian McBride last summer at the Monterey Jazz Festival and he just amazing on the bass. His solos were also efficient and you can see the love he has for the music in his playing. McBride is definitely a shining star among the young jazz lions. I look forward to seeing him again when he comes to Yoshi’s in April. They both accompanied Tyner very well and audience responded with so much applause that the trio came out an encore performance.

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