McCoy Tyner

MFSL 1-289
180 gram Audiophile LP

MFSL 1-289 Cover Gain 2 Ultra Analog Logo Named Album of the Year by the 1972 DownBeat Critics Poll.

cCoy Tynerís Sahara is a seminal jazz record in more ways than one.   Regrouped with a new band featuring reedist Sonny Fortune, bassist Calvin Hill, and drummer Alphonse Mouzon, DownBeat took notice of Tyner's work and collectively named Sahara the Record of the Year.   The badge fit.

Treating the session as a coming-out party, Mouzon rides the drums and cymbals like a jockey while Fortune perfectly plays the role of unselfish foil.   But it's Tynerís clustered chords and spry two-handed fills that make Sahara a must-have.

Remastered from the original analog master tapes, Mobile Fidelityís revealing version puts any sonic deficiencies to rest.   The acoustic properties and orchestral tones of Tyner's piano register with full-bodied immediacy, while the invisible cover that had been obscuring the full range of high and low frequencies is removed.   The sound is simply astounding.

1. Ebony Queen
2. A Prayer For My Family
3. Valley Of Life
4. Rebirth
5. Sahara

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