McCoy Tyner Quartet

Continuing the celebration of the landmark jazz club's 25th anniversary, the Dakota lined up two evenings with seminal jazz pianist McCoy Tyner, who was an early visitor to the nascent club's original digs in St. Paul's Bandana Square. Among a handful of the most influential pianists of the modern era, Tyner established an eternal legacy while still in his early 20s as a member of John Coltrane's classic, seismic quartet, which also included drummer Elvin Jones and bassist Jimmy Garrison. Over four and a half subsequent decades, Tyner has burnished his rep as a fierce, transcendent improviser, composer, and leader of big bands and small. Tyner's latest release, Solo: Live in San Francisco, from a 2007 theater performance, shows off his characteristic strengths in resplendent form: stormy, percussive onslaughts tempered by lyrical, still incisive nuances that make the music glow; blues-based passages that negotiate rhythmic and harmonic intrigues laced with swing, stride, and occasional romanticism, all restless and profound. Accompanying Tyner will be three longtime associates: bassist Gerald Cannon, Twin Cities-based master drummer Eric Kamau Grávátt, and alto saxophonist Gary Bartz, the last deeply influenced by Coltrane but also an eclectic adventurer who played with Miles Davis and has explored funk, rap, and reggae. (Photo by John Abbott)
Wednesdays, Thursdays, 7 & 9:30 p.m. Starts: Dec. 8. Continues through Dec. 9, 2010

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