When: Fri., Oct. 12, 8 p.m. 2012
McCoy Tyner’s piano style represents a shift in the way that instrument functions in jazz — his famed ’60s work with John Coltrane found the Philadelphia-born musician adding deep, rich colors to Coltrane’s obsessive rhythms. Over the years, Tyner has varied his palette, with 1975’s great Trident featuring Elvin Jones’ suggestively aggressive drumming and, on some cuts, a harpsichord. Trident is a peak — Jones and bassist Ron Carter turn tunes by Antonio Carlos Jobim and Coltrane himself into performances that surge with unexpected delicacy. On his 2008 full-length, Guitars, Tyner augments his trio with guitarists Derek Trucks, Marc Ribot, John Scofield and Bill Frisell, along with banjoist Béla Fleck. Ribot acquits himself well, and the other players add interesting touches to Tyner’s trio. Stepping in tonight for the previously announced Charlie Haden, Tyner will bring his quartet to town — when he bears down, the results are oceanic.