The news shared a few hours earlier on McCoy Tyner’s official social media accounts are unfortunately very sad, since another absolute jazz legend has passed away:
“It is with heavy hearts that we announce the passing of jazz legend, Alfred “McCoy” Tyner.
McCoy was an inspired musician who devoted his life to his art, his family and his spirituality.
McCoy Tyner’s music and legacy will continue to inspire fans and future talent for generations to come.
The Tyner family is grateful for your thoughts and prayers during this difficult time, and respectfully requests that any inquiries be directed to firstname.lastname@example.org”
Alfred McCoy Tyner was born in Philadelphia late 1938, and began taking piano lessons at the age of 13. His initial, significant jazz baptism was with Bennie Golson and Art Farmer in The Jazztet for a little while, recording with them the debut recording ‘Meet the Jazztet‘. After leaving The Jazztet, he joined John Coltrane‘s quartet, alongside Jimmy Garrison and Elvin Jones. Tyner was involved monymental albums such as ‘My Favorite Things‘ & ‘A Love Supreme‘ until mid 60’s when he left the band.
Post-Coltrane the legend had a prosperous solo career and was active for oevr four decades releasing numerous recordings on seminal labels such as Blue Note, Impulse!, Milestone & Timeless Records among others.
A versatile pianist, capable of playing an ocean of styles, a post-bebop era icon has left us leaving us his fabulous legacy. And now it’s time for McCoy to pat Coltrane in the back….
“I never felt intimidated by John Coltrane, because I knew his mother, his cousin Mary, and his family. He used to pat me on the back,”This is my little brother, here.” (McCoy Tyner)