March 27 is the anniversary of the death of alto saxophonist Arthur Blythe, one of the most innovative and influential musicians in jazz history. Blythe’s legacy is defined by his unique sound and his ability to push the boundaries of what was possible on the alto saxophone.
One of Blythe’s most significant contributions to jazz was his work with pianist McCoy Tyner. Blythe and Tyner collaborated on several albums throughout the 1980s, including “Looking Out” and “Tender Moments.” These recordings showcased Blythe’s ability to create memorable melodies and his willingness to experiment with different styles of music.
Blythe’s playing on these recordings was characterized by his soulful sound and his ability to seamlessly blend different genres of music. He was known for his technical proficiency and his ability to play with a wide range of dynamics and expression.