Nights of Ballads & Blues

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Nights of Ballads & Blues
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Studio album by McCoy Tyner
Released Early July 1963[1]
Recorded March 4, 1963
Van Gelder Studio, Englewood Cliffs
Genre Jazz
Length 38:48
Label Impulse!
Producer Bob Thiele
McCoy Tyner chronology
Reaching Fourth
(1962)Reaching Fourth1962
Nights of Ballads & Blues
Today and Tomorrow
(1963)Today and Tomorrow1963
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Down Beat 3.5/5 stars[2]
Allmusic 4/5 stars [3]
The Rolling Stone Jazz Record Guide 3/5 stars[4]

Nights of Ballads & Blues is the third album by the jazz pianist McCoy Tyner, released on the Impulse! label in 1963. It features performances by Tyner with Steve Davis and Lex Humphries.


The Allmusic review by Stephen Cook states that the album "qualifies as one of the pianist's most enjoyable early discs".[3]

The jazz critic Harvey Pekar said in his August 29, 1963, review for Down Beat magazine, "Tyner's playing has many virtues, but one in particular is his tastefulness. There is nothing trivial about his music; he is, to quote an often used phrase, a 'musician's musician.'"[2]

Track listing[edit]

  1. "Satin Doll" (Ellington, Mercer, Strayhorn) - 5:40
  2. "We'll Be Together Again" (Fischer, Laine) - 3:40
  3. "'Round Midnight" (Monk) - 6:23
  4. "For Heaven's Sake" (Elise Bretton, Edwards, Donald Meyer) - 3:48
  5. "Star Eyes" (DePaul, Raye) - 5:03
  6. "Blue Monk" (Monk) - 5:22
  7. "Groove Waltz" (Tyner) - 5:31
  8. "Days of Wine and Roses" (Mancini, Mercer) - 3:21



  1. ^ Billboard July 20, 1963
  2. ^ a b Down Beat: August 29, 1963, Vol. 30, No.24
  3. ^ a b Cook, S. Allmusic review. Accessed February 19, 2009.
  4. ^ Swenson, J. (editor) (1985). The Rolling Stone Jazz Record Guide. USA: Random House/Rolling Stone. p. 194. ISBN 0-394-72643-X.