McCoy Tyner was a pianist whose influence can be heard across half a century.
In 1990, I was… Quite a bit younger. My musical tastes were relatively typical: I was into pop music, some hard rock stuff. I was a bass player so I was into the group Rush. I hadn’t yet discovered Earth, Wind and Fire. I thought I knew jazz because back in high school I’d played in the jazz band and sorta dug some big band recordings like Glen Miller and Count Basie.
Somehow there drifted into my CD collection an album of solo jazz piano by an artist that I’d never heard of. I ordered it from some place but to this day I don’t know why I bought McCoy Tyner’s 1988 album Revelations.
Tyner was born in Philadelphia in 1938. Like Thelonious Monk and John Coltrane and Miles, he was a