Mccoy tyner today and tomorrow (1963) impulse londonjazzcollector cool guy tattoos tumblr

Fourth of six titles tyner recorded for impulse! At a time he was a little over half-way through his five year apprenticeship with the john coltrane quartet, before jumping ship to blue note to go his own separate way. In those five years “tyner developed a new vocabulary that transcended the piano styles of the time, providing a unique harmonic underpinning and rhythmic charge essential to the coltrane group’s sound”. (quoted fromtyner’s own site, mccoytyner.Com. First tattoos for guys who else better qualified to explain tyner’s approach and contribution than tyner himself? Certainly not me)

Tyner is often described as the most influential stylist of jazz piano, the role-model for all up and coming pianists. Which might explain why he can sound much like everyone else.


Because most pianists have modelled themselves on him. If every painter painted like picasso, then picasso’s work would look like everyone elses. Best tattoo ideas for guys if every bandleader had followed sun ra…we’d all agree, space is, like, really really boring.

“ today and tomorrow” is arguably mccoy’s best album for impulse, and rivalled only by his subsequent first title for blue note (liberty), the real mccoy (1967). Tyner still shines in the richer sextet setting and the music is more compelling than in trio. Lower back tattoo designs 2012 the only improvement could have been for the sextet to take the whole album. Half a cake is better than none, though recently published research “having your cake and eating it” gluttony press 2018;4(2): 341–353 suggests a whole cake is more than a half, possibly even twice so, however further research is needed to confirm this.

Two standards from the jazz playbook, autumn leaves and night in tunisia, have familiar tunes given a remarkably fresh reading, but the standout track is the intense, modal beast “ contemporary focus“, an odd choice of title, more suited to an office furniture catalogue. A bit like the album title itself, “ today and tomorrow”, stiff, didactic , and instantly forgettable. You wouldn’t forget “kinda blue”

The three horns take no prisoners: thad jones liquid gold trumpet, strozier’s blues-inflected alto and gilmore’s intense tenor all ride the deck on board tyner’s war-craft, with elvin jones power in the engine room below, navigating over butch warren’s buoyant bass. How to murder-a-metaphor. Cool man tattoo designs the very excellent flophouse magazine blogged a very detailed review of this album earlier in the year (hat-tip francois!) which I just found, so I will step aside at this point.

Gatefold: some water-damage to the cover (that sea-going metaphor again?) . Impulse gatefolds are a nice artefact, laminated thick card cover, artist portraiture and informative thoughtful liner notes, though the best feature of impulse, as all impulse collectors know, is the two colour spine. Especially in a line, with two hundred others.

Today and tomorrow is one of van gelder better engineering sessions – though nearly all are very good, and better than most other engineers (however notably fred plaut, roy dunann, some others hold their own). Awesome back tattoos for guys van gelder kept his methods to himself, among the first to make use of the new tube-mics from telefunken, so he doesn’t sound like everyone else, or at least not until the 80’s. Awesome 3d tattoos by then everyone had the same microphones, multitrack studio equipment, valves hade given way to solid state technology, and eventually, digital processes, levelling the playing field by lowering the bar.

Dynamic and tonal range is natural, bass dry and taut, top end crystalline, lots of punch, and engineered thinking for stereo, instrument placement is convincing in trio and sextet, presence in the room. Combined with top notch playing, this album is a must, wish I had found it sooner. Surprisingly, I had not encountered it in the flesh before, which suggests to me it’s somewhat rare.

I suspect original sales were disappointing, in which case I blame the label executive’s ill-judged choice of album cover picture (not an especially powerful image of tyner which is poorly composed – eyes leading out of the frame.) the title “ today and tomorrow” is uninspired, suffering future fatigue . Optimism about the future was a ’50s post-war meme, an aspiration, which had worn thin in the wake failure to be realised.

After hearing his solo on the selflessness LP’s my favorite things live at newport, when it came out in mid 1970, I began seriously listening to jazz and became a big mccoy tyner fan; seeing him a few times, early 1971 – 1972 at slugs, with yes, sonny fortune and woody shaw! (I posted about this in the comments section of your previous blog entry, an appreciation of sonny fortune)..

PS – there was an interesting article about the early days of EMI (in the years up to and before world war one** in the harvard business review (I came across the issue in a second hand bookstore in boston, years back, and it now resides in a box somewhere deep in my storage unit), one thing I remember was that certain comedy records (yes, they had them back then too!) in french, could not be marketed in belgium since the accents and speaking tempo of french dialects were different (the latter spoken slower) from the recordings of native speakers in france!

**PS #2 – yes, the first world war ended one hundred years ago! Time passes.. Awesome tattoos for women when I was growing up and nine years old (1959) with a beginning interest in both world wars, 1918 as just forty-one years prior, many vets were still alive, and it was definately still living history. And how strange it was, and did give a sense of how time passes, when the news a few years back, covered the passing of the very last still living veterans of world war one.

For comparison, the american civil war to me seemed eons ago (at that point the years reaching almost to its centenary (over here the word used is ‘centennial’) of its beginning. And, re: vets, the civil war was living history no longer – the very last civil war vet (confederate) having died just that year, 1959. And for my father (born in 1920), growing up in upstate new york, even with 60 years having passed since 1865, there were still living civil war veterans – he remembered one in his town (middletown, NY) living just a few streets down and around the corner – he told me, this man was very old, with a very large and bushy white beard….