Personnel: Keith Jarrett (piano); Charlie Haden (bass); Paul Motian (drums).
Producer: George Avakian.
Engineer: Phil Ramone.
Recorded at A&R Studios, New York, New York on December 21, 1966.
Personnel: Chick Corea (piano); Joe Farrell (tenor saxophone); Woody Shaw (trumpet); Steve Swallow (bass); Joe Chambers (drums).
Producer: Herbie Mann.
Engineer: Phil Iehle.
Recorded at Atlantic Recording Studios, New York, New York on November 30 and December 1, 1966.
Personnel: McCoy Tyner (piano); Steve Davis (bass); Elvin Jones (drums).
Producer: Nesuhi Ertegun.
Engineer: Tom Dowd.
Recorded at Atlantic Recording Studios, New York, New York on October 24, 1960.
Personnel: Herbie Hancock (piano); Ron Carter (bass); Billy Cobham (drums).
Producer: Herbie Mann.
Engineer: Dave Green.
Recorded at A&R Studios, New York, New York on October 7, 1969.
Personnel: Chick Corea (piano, keyboards); McCoy Tyner (piano); Herbie Hancock (piano); Keith Jarrett (piano); Joe Farrell (soprano saxophone, tenor saxophone); Woody Shaw (tenor saxophone, trumpet); Elvin Jones, Joe Chambers, Paul Motian, Billy Cobham (drums).
Recording information: A&R Studios, New York, NY; Atlantic Recording Studios, New York, NY.
This odd anthology from Atlantic reissues selections from trio dates recorded during the 1960s by Keith Jarrett, Chick Corea, and Herbie Hancock, along with otherwise unobtainable early recordings by McCoy Tyner. Jarrett is joined by Charlie Haden and Paul Motian on two originals, both of which show the obvious influence of Bill Evans. Chick Corea is accompanied by Steve Swallow (on acoustic bass rather than the electric bass he switched to a short time later) and Joe Chambers. The pianist's "Tones for Joan's Bones" is swinging, but not nearly as driving as his works in the decades to follow, while his reworking of the show tune "This Is New" features Joe Farrell and Woody Shaw; both tracks also show the influence of Bill Evans. The selections with Herbie Hancock actually come from a Ron Carter-led date (with Billy Cobham rounding out the trio), but these numbers are as much features for the leader as for Hancock; they are the least interesting cuts within this compilation. The Tyner tracks were taped at the end of his third studio session with John Coltrane, although he had performed on a number of earlier live dates with the saxophonist (though none of them were recorded for commercial issue). Because there are no liner notes, one is left to guess whose idea it was for Coltrane to sit out, but Tyner does a credible job with the artist's "Lazy Bird" without his leader and puts his own distinctive stamp on Dave Brubeck's "In Your Own Sweet Way." These two rare selections prove to be the most compelling reason to pick up this CD. ~ Ken Dryden