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Hands On
     

Hands On

by Bobby Lyle
 
Nearly 30 years and 15 albums deep into one of contemporary jazz's most consistently melodic and funky careers, Bobby Lyle continues to take a Hands On approach to creating a perfect balance of elegance and groove. On his Heads Up debut, the versatile pianist -- who has been musical director for Bette Midler,

Overview

Nearly 30 years and 15 albums deep into one of contemporary jazz's most consistently melodic and funky careers, Bobby Lyle continues to take a Hands On approach to creating a perfect balance of elegance and groove. On his Heads Up debut, the versatile pianist -- who has been musical director for Bette Midler, Al Jarreau, and Anita Baker, et al., between solo projects -- is intent on grabbing the listener right away with three jamming and danceable, synth brass-flavored tracks that also lightly showcase his inventive and playful sense of improvisation. He sandwiches a gleeful, bouncy version of the familiar disco hit "Best of My Love" with the seductive "Passion Drive" and the title cut, on which Lyle floats a light-on-its-feet melody over thoroughly modern crunchy, thumping beats. Amidst this rhythmic overdrive are a handful of cuts that perfectly capture Lyle's trademark romantic vibe: the balmy, tropically tinged "Poinciana," the reflective closer "Beth" (which showcases his sweet ivory magic at its most poignant), and "Lost in Love," an irresistible ballad written and performed by Lyle and the always captivating Peabo Bryson. Longtime Lyle fans will also enjoy the heavy mix of old-school synth and acoustic piano on "Return of the Genie," which recalls the cool vibe of his debut album, The Genie. It's a perfect way to chart his growth as an artist over the years and to show that the charm was there from the beginning.

Product Details

Release Date:
06/27/2006
Label:
Heads Up
UPC:
0053361311322
catalogNumber:
3113

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Performance Credits

Bobby Lyle   Primary Artist,Piano,Keyboards
Peabo Bryson   Vocals
Keith Adkins   Trombone
Jorge Ginorio   Percussion
Larry Kimpel   Bass
Derrick McCampbell   Vocals
Larry Spencer   Trumpet
Keith Vivens   Bass
Martin Walters   Bass,Bass Guitar
Todd Parsnow   Guitar
Keith Banks   Drums
Johny Calderon   Guitar
John Adams   Bass
Wayne DeLano   Saxophone
Joe Vincelli   Alto Saxophone

Technical Credits

Peabo Bryson   Composer
Maurice White   Composer
Bobby Lyle   Arranger,Composer,Programming,Producer,Engineer,Audio Production
Lester Abrams   Composer
Dave Love   Executive Producer
Martin Walters   Programming,Producer,Engineer
Buddy Bernier   Composer
Jacob Meador   Engineer

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