With 1975’s Trident, McCoy Tynerfinally achieved his true vision for the piano trio. In an era that finally — and firmly — established Tyner in the upper echelon of jazz masters, adored by critics, set at the top of festival bills and heartily supported by the record-buying public, Trident stands at the pinnacle of his brilliant album run from that decade.
Trident might not seem as ambitious as Tyner’s other ’70s outings, but don’t let its near-monochromatic gray and silver cover of McCoy by the ocean fool you; just beneath its surface is the heaviest, most vivid and deep music of his career. Trident finds him coming full circle, realizing his — and just about any fantasy jazz fan’s — dream piano trio. Call it Money Jungle for the new decade, only one featuring cogent and telepathic alignment rather than clashing intergenerational conflict. Three titans, three defining masters of their instrument, with thousands of recording dates between them.