Inception (McCoy Tyner album)

Inception is the debut album by jazz pianist McCoy Tyner which was released on the Impulse! label in 1962. It features performances by Tyner with Art Davis and Elvin Jones.

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Studio album by
ReleasedJune 1962[1]
RecordedJanuary 10–11, 1962
Van Gelder Studio, Englewood Cliffs
ProducerBob Thiele
McCoy Tyner chronology
Reaching Fourth
Professional ratings
Review scores
AllMusic4/5 stars[2]
Down Beat3.5/5 stars[3]
The Rolling Stone Jazz Record Guide3/5 stars[4]


The AllMusic review by Alexander Gelfand states that "this album gives listeners the chance to hear what a very young Tyner sounded like outside the confines of the classic John Coltrane quartet of the early '60s; it reveals a lyrical approach to jazz piano that seems a far cry from Tyner's mature style".[2]


"Blues for Gwen" was named after Tyner's sister, whilst "Sunset" was suggested by Tyner's wife, Aisha, because the piece "brought to her mind an impression of nature, and because it's a reflective ballad, "Sunset" seemed the logical title."[5]

Track listingEdit

All compositions by McCoy Tyner except as indicated

  1. "Inception" - 4:28
  2. "There Is No Greater Love" (Jones, Symes) - 6:21
  3. "Blues for Gwen" - 4:27
  4. "Sunset" - 4:41
  5. "Effendi" - 6:39
  6. "Speak Low" (Weill, Nash) - 6:18
  • Recorded on January 10 (#1, 4-5) and January 11 (#2-3, 6), 1962.



  1. ^ The House That Trane Built: The Story of Impulse Records. W. W. Norton & Company. 30 November 2007. p. 90. ISBN 978-0393330717.
  2. ^ a b "Inception - McCoy Tyner | Songs, Reviews, Credits". AllMusic.
  3. ^ Down Beat: November 8, 1962, vol. 29, no. 28
  4. ^ Swenson, J., ed. (1985). The Rolling Stone Jazz Record Guide. USA: Random House/Rolling Stone. p. 194. ISBN 0-394-72643-X.
  5. ^ Original liner notes

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