Extensions (McCoy Tyner album)

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Studio album by McCoy Tyner
Released January 1973[1]
Recorded February 9, 1970
Van Gelder Studio, Englewood Cliffs
Genre Jazz
Length 40:11
Label Blue Note
BN-LA 006-F
Producer Duke Pearson
McCoy Tyner chronology
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4.5/5 stars[2]
The Rolling Stone Jazz Record Guide 4/5 stars[3]

Extensions is an album by jazz pianist McCoy Tyner released on the Blue Note label. It was recorded on February 9, 1970 and released in 1973. It features performances by Tyner with Gary Bartz, Wayne Shorter, Ron Carter, Elvin Jones, and Alice Coltrane on two tracks.


In his AllMusic review Scott Yanow says, "The all-star sextet stretches out on lengthy renditions of four of Tyner's modal originals, and there is strong solo space for the leader and the two saxophonists... Stimulating music".[4]

Reviewing the album for jazz.com, Jared Pauley says, "McCoy Tyner finds himself among elite company on Extensions. Recorded as jazz was entering the fusion period, this is a great example of just how good straight-ahead swing can sound... This performance matches the superb quality of previous Shorter and Tyner albums where members of the Davis and Coltrane groups recorded together."[5]

Track listing[edit]

(All compositions by Tyner)

  1. "Message from the Nile" - 12:22
  2. "The Wanderer" - 7:43
  3. "Survival Blues" - 13:15
  4. "His Blessings" - 6:50




  • Producer – Duke Pearson
  • Recorded by – Rudy Van Gelder
  • Liner notes – André Perry
  • Cover photography – Clifford Janoff


  1. ^ Billboard Jan 27, 1973
  2. ^ Allmusic Review
  3. ^ Swenson, J. (Editor) (1985). The Rolling Stone Jazz Record Guide. USA: Random House/Rolling Stone. p. 194. ISBN 0-394-72643-X. 
  4. ^ Yanow, S. Allmusic Review accessed February 23, 2009.
  5. ^ "The Dozens: McCoy Tyner". Jazz.com. Retrieved February 9, 2016.