Sahara (McCoy Tyner album)

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Studio album by
ReleasedJuly 1972[1]
RecordedJanuary 1972
Decca Recording Studio, New York City
MSP 9039
ProducerOrrin Keepnews
McCoy Tyner chronology
Echoes of a Friend
Professional ratings
Review scores
Allmusic5/5 stars[2]
The Rolling Stone Jazz Record Guide5/5 stars[3]

Sahara is a 1972 album by jazz pianist McCoy Tyner, his first to be released on the Milestone label. It was recorded in January 1972 and features performances by Tyner with Sonny Fortune, Calvin Hill, and Alphonse Mouzon. The music shows African and Eastern influences and features Tyner playing koto, flute, and percussion in addition to his usual piano.[4]


The Allmusic review by Brian Olewnick states "Tyner would go on to create several fine albums in the mid-'70s, but never again would he scale quite these heights. Sahara is an astonishingly good record and belongs in every jazz fan's collection".[2] The album is considered Tyner's commercial breakthrough. It sold over 100,000 copies and was nominated for two Grammys.[5] It is also often considered Tyner's best album.[2]

Track listing[edit]

All compositions by McCoy Tyner

  1. "Ebony Queen" — 9:00
  2. "A Prayer for My Family" — 4:48
  3. "Valley of Life" — 5:19
  4. "Rebirth" — 5:20
  5. "Sahara" — 23:27



  1. ^ Billboard July 29, 1972
  2. ^ a b c Olewnick, Brian. "Sahara". Allmusic. Retrieved February 7, 2012.
  3. ^ Swenson, J., ed. (1985). The Rolling Stone Jazz Record Guide. USA: Random House/Rolling Stone. p. 194. ISBN 0-394-72643-X.
  4. ^ "Sahara - Credits". Allmusic. Retrieved February 7, 2012.
  5. ^ Santosuosso, Ernie (March 15, 1984). "1984 Boston Globe Jazz Festival; McCoy Tyner". The Boston Globe. p. 1. Retrieved February 7, 2012.