Grammy award-winning pianist McCoy Tyner has performed alongside some of the greatest names in jazz. He appeared on dozens of albums with The John Coltrane Quartet, before launching a solo career that spans more than four decades. Tyner's latest endeavor features four top-notch guitarists and a world-famous banjo player.
This isn't the first time McCoy Tyner has joined forces with notable guitarists. In fact, Tyner and guitar players have a long history together. There were albums with Grant Green in the 1960s, Ted Dunbar in the '70s, and most recently, with Carlos Santana, John Abercrombie and Earl Klugh.
With his new album Guitars, 70-year-old Tyner keeps up the pace with much younger players, such as avant-garde guitarist Marc Ribot on "500 Miles."
The youngest guitarist on the album is Derek Trucks, who at 29, spices up this Tyner original with a blend of jazz and blues.
Veteran guitarist Bill Frisell is featured on three tracks, while fusion guitar master John Scofield accompanies Tyner on a classic tune by saxophonist John Coltrane, "Mr. P.C." The song, named after jazz bassist Paul Chambers, first appeared on John Coltrane's 1959 album Giant Steps.
Tyner joined The John Coltrane Quartet soon after the release of Giant Steps. He was only 21 years old when the Quartet, considered Coltrane's finest group, recorded another landmark jazz album My Favorite Things.
On Guitars, Tyner reprises the title song from My Favorite Things with banjoist Bela Fleck, bassist Ron Carter and drummer Jack DeJohnette.