When considering the extensive portfolio of albums by legendary jazz pianist McCoy Tyner, the efforts that are normally heralded are his classics from the 1960’s, such as the inaugural Inception (1962), Nights of Ballads & Blues (1963), and The Real McCoy (1967). While we could, and should, address such trademark Tyner albums here on keithhirsch.com, today we consider a later recording less well known. It is 1976’s Fly With The Wind, released on the Milestone label.

For Fly With The Wind, Tyner is joined by jazz greats Ron Carter (acoustic bass), Billy Cobham (drums), and Hubert Laws (alto flute and flute). The five-track album is differentiated within the Tyner catalog by its orchestral flair. In addition to Laws’ alto flute and flute, instruments appearing on Fly With The Wind are piccolo, flute, oboe, harp, violins, violas, and cellos. Though Fly With The Wind is quite a departure for Tyner, the album works in large part to the brilliance of famed producer Orrin Keepnews.

For many years, Fly With The Wind was obscure on CD. There is a mid-’80s U.S. release that is very rare and will be posted here in the future. In Japan, Fly With The Wind was not released on CD until 1989. We consider this first Japanese issue here, which also is especially rare. This disc was released by Milestone in conjunction with Victor Musical Industries in ’89 under catalog number VDJ-28063.

Fly With The Wind was pressed in Japan by JVC and bears the typical late-’80s JVC “thick” matrix code font. This is to be contrasted with the original thin and crude matrix code font found on many JVC pressings. The matrix code for Fly With The Wind is “VDJ-28063-1-A1F:1”. The “:1” at the end of the matrix code is stamped in thinner, crude characters. Also present in the mirror band is a series of odd symbols that many collectors refer to as “Tetris blocks”.

As noted, the early CD issues of Fly With The Wind are very rare. Just another challenge for the collectors in the audience. For those who simply want to enjoy the music, there are the common Original Jazz Classics and Keepnews Collection CD reissues.

Shown below are the cover and back insert for the original Japanese issue of Fly With The Wind, along with the CD.

 

The cover for the original Japanese issue of McCoy Tyner Fly With The Wind (Milestone, catalog number VDJ-28063). This is the standard cover artwork for this album.

 

The back insert for the original Japanese issue of McCoy Tyner Fly With The Wind (Milestone, catalog number VDJ-28063). Note that it is dated 1989 in the bottom right corner. There is no barcode.

 

The original Japanese issue of McCoy Tyner Fly With The Wind (Milestone, catalog number VDJ-28063). The disc was pressed by JVC and bears the matrix code font typical of late-’80s JVC pressings. The matrix code is “VDJ-28063-1-A1F:1”. Although difficult to see here, the additional symbols in the mirror band are commonly referred to as “Tetris blocks” by collectors.

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