Forty years later, McCoy Tyner is still best known as a member of John Coltrane’s classic quartet in the early- to mid-1960s, even though the 70-year-old pianist has released more than 60 albums as a bandleader since leaving Coltrane’s group in 1965. Most of those 60 albums lurk near the cutting edge of jazz: Tyner’s music is never quite as strident or alienating as the latter-day Coltrane material, but he has always taken his percussive playing into the intriguing spaces between post-bop and free jazz. Last year’s Guitars, a series of collaborations with musicians like Bill Frisell and Marc Ribot, felt way too timid. It was a rare stumble for a musician whose recent output has been interesting—despite the fact that he’s never really ranged particularly far from the signature style he developed decades ago.
THE MCCOY TYNER QUARTET PERFORMS AT 7 P.M. AT THE MUSIC CENTER AT STRATHMORE, 5301 TUCKERMAN LANE, NORTH BETHESDA. $25–$68. (301) 581-5100.