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McCoy Tyner On Piano Jazz

McCoy Tyner performs during the Middelheim Jazz Festival at Park Den Brandt on August 12, 2010 in Antwerpen, Belgium.
Peter Van Breukelen

McCoy Tyner is an inventive composer and pianist, perhaps best known for creating the lavish harmonies and percussive piano lines heard on some of John Coltrane's most famous recordings. He also has had a successful career as a leader with his own McCoy Tyner Trio.

On this 1983 episode of Piano Jazz, Tyner puts his prodigious technique to work on "Lazy Bird," and host Marian McPartland gets on board for a driving duet of "Take the A Train."

Originally broadcast in the fall of 1983.


  • "The Greeting" (Tyner)
  • "Prelude to a Kiss" (Ellington, Mills, Gordon)
  • "Take the A Train" (Strayhorn)
  • "Lazy Bird" (Coltrane)
  • "Naima" (Coltrane)
  • "Fly with the Wind" (Tyner)
  • "Deep in a Dream" (Van Heusen, DeLange)
  • "Passion Dance" (Tyner)
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