Review by lenw July 16, 2005 (2 of 5 found this review helpful)
|I don't know what the previous reviewer was listening to, but this is another great Telarc album. It won the 2005 Grammy Award for Best Jazz Instrumental Album, Individual or Group. Although not groundbreaking, this is another fine album with excellent resolution and distinct placement of the individual instruments within the soundstage.
“...a fiery, straight-ahead set..." -- Ice
“Illuminations is a superb outing by a true veteran.” -- AllAboutJazz.com
“Since joining Telarc in 1999, Tyner has been given the freedom to explore Latin music, perform in a trio setting and play solo. Now, on Illuminations, Tyner is joined by equally exciting musicians, each with his own sound as well, in a collaborative enterprise that compiles their own compositions with his...Showcasing the versatility of McCoy Tyner leading a first-class group, Illuminations sheds even more light on the broad range of his talent.” -- JazzReview.com
“...McCoy Tyner is hardly the prototype of a musician re-creating past hits, instead he signals that he still has a few surprises up his sleeve...This is yet another essential release by the always enjoyable McCoy Tyner.” -- All Music Guide
“Tyner is first among equals here in a meeting of special talents.” -- Amazon.com
“Seasoned keyboardist McCoy Tyner smartly mixes his color pallet on Illuminations (Telarc), in the notable company of Gary Bartz, Terence Blanchard, Christian McBride and Lewis Nash.” B+ -- Philadelphia Daily News
“You can hear every note in his skittering, supersonic single-note passages, and even savor the sumptuous voice of his thickly textured chords.” -- Hartford Courant
“...Tyner's work always stands out, and he offers great versions of standards as well as wonderful originals. ***1/2 -- Pittsburgh Tribune-Review
“Musical excellence remains forever undeniable. Here it is.” -- OffBeat
“Several factors enable pianist McCoy Tyner to continue his recent string of quality recordings. First, there's the Philly-born leader's unique vibe, formed in the crucible of the classic John Coltrane quartet. Then there's the exuberance of this quintet, which accomplishes more than merely backing up the leader…The vivid supporting cast includes South Jersey-based saxophonist Gary Bartz, a former sideman of Miles, Mingus and Blakey. Another Philly native, the great bassist Christian McBride, and drummer Lewis Nash repeatedly take this congregation where it needs to go.” ***1/2 -- Philadelphia Inquirer
“With his newest release, Illuminations, Tyner shows that he can still put together standout performances.” -- PopMatters.com
“...[Tyner’s] still playing fierce, uncompromising and delightful music.” -- JazzTimes
“Everyone plays extremely well—especially Blanchard—and all display talent in a variety of modes...beautifully recorded.” -- Jazziz
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