Oct. 16, 2011
Better than: Listening to a scratched up jazz record from the '60s for the thousandth time.
When 72-year-old McCoy Tyner walked onstage, his steps were small and almost fragile. When he spoke, his voice barely rose above a whisper.
But when he put his hands on the piano, both of those things ceased to matter.
Tyner belongs to the small circle of jazz royalty, having played piano with John Coltrane's Coltrane Quintet on heavy hitters like A Love Supreme, and he brought his decades of almost peerless experience to the relatively intimate (and certainly regal) Herbst Theatre as part of this year's SF Jazz Festival.