Lyle is certainly a versatile pianist. His musical history was
significantly showcased by his project "Straight and Smooth"
(2004) featuring his mastership in smooth and classic jazz.
His new record "Hands On"
set for June 27th is presenting a different concept.
"Although I have a background in traditional jazz, this record is
focused on contemporary jazz. When I started out - with people like
Grover Washington, Ramsey Lewis and Hubert Laws - we knew that we were
bringing in younger listeners. Even today I like incorporating funky
beats - to keep it interesting to listeners of R&B, pop, and even
hip hop music", comments Bobby Lyle. "With this record, I'm
going back to a more contemporary feel, but I'm still incorporating
The starting track Passion
Drive is showcasing Bobby
Lyle's smooth side. The melody is accessible and
pleasing. Besides the melody line he finds enough space to let shine
his professionalism on the beloved piano.
supergroup EWF is steadily influencing contemporary musicians.
EWF-member Maurice White wrote Best Of
My Love for the group
"The Emotions". The song was released on their second
million-selling album "Rejoice" in 1977. This cover version
has an excellent casting. Larry
Spencer (trumpet), Wayne DeLano (sax), Keith Adkins (trombone) are the
brass section and Dailyn Valdez, Melanie Covington, Derrick McCampbell
the vocals. The similarity to the original version is significant.
spirit of EWF is also to find in the guitar line of Hands
On. This uplifting funky
tune is certainly a self-runner.
Lost In Our
Love is a soul ballade in
the classic sense featuring singer Peabo Bryson who composed together
with Bobby Lyle this song. Peabo
established a career as one of the premiere soul crooners of the last
century ("Soultracks"). "Peabo and I are good friends,
says Lyle. "I've always admired his work and he's a first class
crooner. He's so professional and easy to work with. He always
is a very dynamic tune with an awesome guitar solo of Brennen Nase,
who is currently touring with Bobby Lyle, followed by Dave Caseras'
terrific sax solo.
one these classic songs which was played by artists with rank and name
like Bing Crosby, Frank Sinatra, Glenn Miller and more. Bobby Lyle
redefines the original with new piano expression.
member of the Doobie Brothers Michael McDonald and Lester Abrams
composed Minute By Minute
in 1978 creating a multi-selling success. A song with much appeal and
Spirit Bobby Lyle is
creating a world of rhythm and melody supported by percussionist Jorge
Ginorio. The Caribbean mood of this song reminds me at his
earlier album "Secret Island" (1992).
delivers some Spanish flavor. Bobby Lyle great
talent is shining on when he leaves the melody path to add some
most tunes like Take A Step guitarist
Todd Parsnow adds his signature. He performed with POAD, Joe Vincelli,
Joe McBride, Kirk Franklin, Roy Hargrove's RH Factor and many more.
Why are his guitar solos always so short that one cannot remark it as
The Genie is catching
contemporary musical themes of popular R&B, pop or hip hop.
Similiarity to current melodies and rhythms is desired.
dedicated to Bobby Lyle's partner and inspiration. Bobby Lyle performs
this charming ballade with great emotions and elegance.
"Hands On" Bobby Lyle shows anew his prowess to combine
modern musical sounds with popular melodies. His style is timeless and