There was a nod from the head of the man who is - a master of musical arts. Everything was set for fixated amazement. His left hand was the one to watch as he began a series of chord progressions that invoked a sound of sheer pleasure from a few audience addicts, while the right hand kept a steady beat.
It was a Jazz heaven in the open air venue of The Greek Theatre in Los Angeles, CA. on a Sunday night, November 16, 2008.
McCoy Tyner, a connoisseur in the Jazz World from the days of when he was with the legendary John Coltrane Quartet presented the captivated crowd with a priceless array of gems.
Mr. Tyner began his set with "Spirits Talk, Spirits Walk". All listened to the message conveyed on piano by McCoy played with splendor and grace accompanied by a trio consisting of the following musicians.
Dynamic Drummer - Eric Kamau Gravatt
Brilliant Bassist - Gerald Cannon
Glorious Guitarist - Marc Ribot
Other tunes magnificently performed were, "Aisha" and "Mr. P.C." aka Paul Chambers, who was an incredible bassist in the John Coltrane Quartet with McCoy Tyner.
A tribute to Duke Ellington with "In a Mellow Tone" was played with class, splendor, and total brilliance. Marc Ribot immersed us with beautiful grooves on each solo and all in between that!
Eric shared an ability to mesmerize the crowd with his all encompassing drumming from the high hat to beautiful brush work.
Gerald on bass silenced the audience with solos that took one past the nearby observatory to a planet of musical bliss.
McCoy smiled after all solos performed by the members of his ingenious trio sharing his own stamp seal of distinction of every song. Once again...watch the left hand!!!!
On another note, with a classical touch immersed in the Blues and Jazz, Brad Mehldau gave a wonderful solo performance filled with standards and other Jazz pieces from his works. Brad has the uncanny mode of intertwining a thread of Blues in many of his tunes that accent in aged manner well beyond his years.
The Ellis Marsalis Quintet led us to the finale of a night of impeccable Jazz Rapture.
The quintet included the following musicians expressing their individual and collective gift of connection through ambiance, amalgamation, and musicality.
Jason Marsalis -Drums
Delfeayo Marsalis - Trombone
Derek Douget - Sax
Jason Stewart - Bass
Ellis Marsalis - Piano
A warm tribute to the renowned musician Pianist Thelonious Monk was given with virtuosity.
"Crepuscule with Nellie" and "Round Midnight" were just a couple of tunes delicately displayed.
It was evident that each of the musicians had as much respect, enjoyment, and union for each other performing the music as audience members had interactively listening.
I had a conversation with a couple of audience members that sat next to me and were experiencing their first Jazz concert. Throughout the evening they shared their amazement and indivdual thrill listening to the performances of all the musicians that evening.
The Jazz bug has captured more aficionados! Bravo!!!
Congratulations to all the performers of the night.
What a distinguished and delightful night for all in attendance.