Thursday Jazz McCoy Tyner's Tribute to Guitars

Words By J-man

OOn September 23rd, 2008, McCoy Tyner released an unexpected tribute to guitars that featured the incorporation of guitars with his music. McCoy is joined by legends Ron Carter (bass) and Jack DeJohnette (drums). Special guests on the album include a handful of additional virtuosos: Bela Fleck, Derek Trucks, John Scofield, Marc Ribot and Bill Frisell.

What's interesting about this album is McCoy's lack of work with guitars previously and his desire to pay tribute to an instrument that he had intermingled with very little.

The musical relationship that McCoy builds with his guests through improvisation and pure emotion is memorizing and deep. The music seems to flow out of the instruments effortlessly with virtuoso sound and direction. It's easy to get lost in the mastery, but ultimately the listener is taken by the beauty and emotion.

McCoy is an incredible musician and his album Guitars is nothing short of breathtaking. From the trio of legends, to his guesting virtuosos, Tyner nailed it.

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