Sama Layuca

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Sama Layuca
Sama Layuca.jpg
Studio album by McCoy Tyner
Released 1974
Recorded March 26–28, 1974
Genre Modal jazz[1]
Length 43:29
Label Milestone
Producer Orrin Keepnews
McCoy Tyner chronology
Sama Layuca
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic 4.5/5 stars[2]
The Rolling Stone Jazz Record Guide 4/5 stars[3]
The Village Voice B+[4]

Sama Layuca is a studio album by American jazz pianist McCoy Tyner, released in 1974 by Milestone Records. It was recorded on March 26, 27, and 28, 1974, with sidemen John Stubblefield, Gary Bartz, Azar Lawrence, Bobby Hutcherson, Buster Williams, Billy Hart, Guilherme Franco and Mtume.

Critical reception[edit]

In a contemporary review, Robert Christgau from The Village Voice wrote that the album's best music "breathes with a lushness and lyricism that never cloys". He found the melodies, harmonies, and polyrhythms to be "sensuous without coming on about it" and felt that Tyner's minor flaws as a pianist, including "Tatumesque flourishes", are "less egregious in an ensemble setting like this one."[4] In a retrospective review for AllMusic, Scott Yanow said that Tyner is "heard at the height of his powers throughout this rewarding set", which serves as "a strong example of McCoy Tyner's music".[2]

Track listing[edit]

All songs composed by McCoy Tyner.

  1. "Sama Layuca" - 8:37
  2. "Above the Rainbow" - 3:02
  3. "La Cubaña" - 10:26
  4. "Desert Cry" - 4:57
  5. "Paradox" - 16:27



  1. ^ "Review of McCoy Tyner - Sama Layuca". BBC Music. August 20, 2002. Retrieved May 26, 2013. 
  2. ^ a b Yanow, S. Allmusic Review accessed February 23, 2009.
  3. ^ Swenson, J. (Editor) (1985). The Rolling Stone Jazz Record Guide. USA: Random House/Rolling Stone. p. 194. ISBN 0-394-72643-X. 
  4. ^ a b Christgau, Robert (December 23, 1974). "Consumer Guide (51)". The Village Voice. New York. Retrieved May 26, 2013. 

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