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Conrad Herwig and All-Star Cast Pay Tribute to McCoy Tyner

Music has a long cultural exchange and fusion history, where artists draw inspiration from various traditions to bring forth new and innovative sounds. “Cultural appropriation,” a relatively recent term that carries the weight albatross of all sorts of negative connotations, is to be avoided at all costs. But musical “cross-pollination” is something else entirely, and when done with respect and musical integrity, it leads to the evolution of rich and diverse musical genres.
Conrad Herwig’s current offering is just such a recording. The Latin Side of McCoy Tyner is the latest installment in a critically acclaimed series that began in 1996 with The Latin Side of John Coltrane. It’s the work of a musically gifted, bilingual artist, a master trombonist who grew up admiring jazz’s greatest practitioners but, at the same time, cutting his Latin Jazz teeth with legends such as Mario Bauza, Tito Puente, Paquito D’Rivera and others.
The special guest with Herwig, who gives the recording, and by extension, the entire “Latin Side of …” project, his seal of approval is the great pianist and composer Eddie Palmieri, who is surrounded by some of the most respected names in Jazz/Latin Jazz, including Craig Handy, Bill O’Connell, Alex Norris, Robby Ameen and others, all playing challenging and imaginative arrangements by O’Connell and their fearless leader. In The Latin Side of McCoy Tyner, Conrad Herwig goes directly to the core of Tyner’s compositions. He imbues them with the vibrant essence of Afro-Cuban and Afro-Caribbean traditions.
SOURCE: Savant Records
Tomas Peña
A graduate of Empire State College with a dual major in journalism and Latin American studies, Editor-in-Chief Tomas Peña has spent years applying his knowledge and writing skills to the promotion of great musicians. A specialist in the crossroads between jazz and Latin music, Peña has written extensively on the subject. His writing appears on Latin Jazz Network; Chamber Music America magazine and numerous other publications.


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