Who McCoy Tyner? McCoy Tyner Biography
McCoy Tyner was a Philadelphian jazz pianist known for his work with the John Coltrane Quartet and his long career as a soloist. He was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, on 11th December 1938. His birth name was Tyner Alfred McCoy. On 6 March 2020 McCoy died. Tyner was Jarvis Tyner’s older brother, the former executive vice president of the US Communist Party.
McCoy Tyner Age
McCoy Tyner Dies at 82 years old
McCoy Tyner Early Life
He inspired his Mother to learn piano. He started learning the piano at the age of 13 and music had become the focal point of his life within two years. He converted to Islam through the Muslim Community of Ahmadiyya when he was 17, and changed his name t o Sulieman Saud. His Philadelphian neighbors included musicians such as Richie Powell and Bud Powell.
McCoy Tyner Career
Tyner started his career in 1960 as a member of the Benny Golson and Art Farmer-led Jazztet. Six months later, he joined John Coltrane’s quartet which included Jimmy Garrison and Elvin Jones. Throughout his extended run at the Jazz Gallery, he collaborated with the band to replace Steve Kuhn (Coltrane met Tyner in Philadelphia for a while, playing one of the compositions of the pianist, “The Belie Ver,” as early as 1958).
He has performed for the Atlantic on Coltrane’s My Favorite Things. Between 1961 and 1965 the band toured almost non-stop recording the albums Live! Live at Birdland, Crescent, A Love Supreme and The John Coltrane Quartet Plays for Impulse! at Village Vanguard, Ballads.
He released albums as a leader in a piano trio as part of Coltrane’s group. He also appeared on many 1960’s Blue Note albums as a sideman, although he was mostly credited as “etc.” on the cover of these albums in order to respect his contract with Impulse!
Tyner produced a series of post-bop albums released by Blue Note from 1967 to 1970, after leaving the Coltrane group. The Real McCoy (1967), Tender Moments (1967), Time for Tyner (1968), Expansions (1968) and Extensions (1970) were among others. He signed with Milestone and recorded Sahara (1972), Enlightenment (1973), and Fly with the Wind (1976), featuring flutist Hubert Laws, drummer Billy Cobham, and a string orchestra.
His music for Blue Note and Milestone also took as its starting point the Coltrane quartet’s songs. Tyner has also used elements from Africa and East Asia in his songs.
In addition to piano, flute, and percussion he played koto on Sahara. Such albums have been cited as examples of 1970s progressive jazz which was neither fusion nor free jazz. Tyner played the harpsichord and the celeste on Trident (1975), instruments rarely heard in jazz.
Tyner worked in a trio during the 1980s and 1990s which included Avery Sharpe on bass and Louis Hayes, then Aaron Scott, on drums. He made Blue Note solo albums, beginning with Revelations (1988) and finishing off in Soliloquy (1991).
He collaborated with several trios including Charnett Moffett on bass and Al Foster on drums, after signing with Telarc. He performed with a Gary Bartz, Gerald L. Cannon, and Eric Kamau Gravatt quartet in 2008.
The New York Times Magazine on 25 June 2019 listed McCoy Tyner among hundreds of artists whose work was allegedly lost in the Universal Fire of 2008.
McCoy Tyner Awards
On 16 July 2005, during the Umbria Jazz Festival, Tyner received an Honorary Doctorate of Music from the Berklee College of Music at the Sala dei Notari. McCoy was a judge in favor of the achievements of independent artists during the 6th, 10th and 11th annual Independent Music Awards.
McCoy Tyner Cause Of Death
According to his nephew Colby, who confirmed the news on Twitter, McCoy Tyner, a legendary jazz pianist and longtime member of the John Coltrane quartet, died on March 6. He has written, “Sad to announce the passing of my uncle McCoy Tyner. One of the best jazz
Sad to announce the passing of my uncle McCoy Tyner. One of the best jazz pianist ever, a Philly legend #ripmccoytyner pic.twitter.com/IggZ8q4zns
— colbycolb (@colbycolb) March 6, 2020
pianists ever, a Philly legend.” He was 82.
The family have also released an official statement on the death of Tyner. From twitter account McCoy Tyner said: “It is with heavy hearts that we announce the passing of jazz
legend, Alfred “McCoy Tyner. McCoy an inspired musician who devoted his life to art, his
family and his spirituality. McCoy Tyner’s music and legacy will continue to inspire fans
and future talent for generations to come.”