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McCoy Tyner, Things Ain't What They Used to Be (Blue Note CDP- 93598-2). The great orchestral pianist of modern jazz (and thundering modal extension of Bud Powell) continues his sumptuous and too-long-delayed solo outings with standards in the Tyner repertoire -- "Naima" and the like. In this case, he is joined by guitarist John Scofield on three tunes and saxophonist George Adams on two. It's the latter two that close the disc and are its standouts, particularly a spellbinding, enraptured duet version of "My One and Only Love" which they played when Adams was in Tyner's band but never before recorded. -- Jeff Simon
Stephane Grappelli, Olympia '88 -- In Concert With Martial Solal (Atlantic 7-82095-2). A formidable live set from Paris 1988 by jazz's greatest living fiddler and one of the great phenomena in all of music. There are well-known musicians one-quarter the French violinist's age who would give their eyeteeth (and their canines and bicuspids, too) to play with the suavity, pinpoint intonation and hard-charging rhythmic assurance of the great octogenarian master. Appearing in guest roles along with his regular two-guitar group are Algerian/French pianist Martial Solal (on four tunes) and fellow European Svend Asmussen (on one). The program list, by the way, is inaccurate on the American release. The Solal duets come at the end of the disc, not the middle. -- J.S.

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