Inception (McCoy Tyner album)

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Studio album by McCoy Tyner
Released 1962
Recorded January 10–11, 1962
Van Gelder Studio, Englewood Cliffs
Genre Jazz
Length 32:54
Label Impulse!
Producer Bob Thiele
McCoy Tyner chronology
Reaching Fourth
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4/5 stars[1]
Down Beat 3.5/5 stars[2]

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.


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".[3]


"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."[4]

Track listing[edit]

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" (Nash, Weill) - 6:18
  • Recorded on January 10 (#1, 4-5) and January 11 (#2-3, 6), 1962.



  1. ^ Allmusic Review
  2. ^ Down Beat: November 8, 1962 vol. 29, no. 28
  3. ^ Gelfand, A. Allmusic Review accessed February 19, 2009.
  4. ^ Original liner notes

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