Hands On

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All Music Guide - Jonathan Widran
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" ...
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All Music Guide - Jonathan Widran
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.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 6/27/2006
  • Label: Heads Up
  • UPC: 053361311322
  • Catalog Number: 3113
  • Sales rank: 135,470

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Passion Drive (4:34)
  2. 2 Best of My Love (3:44)
  3. 3 Hands On (4:24)
  4. 4 Lost in Our Love (4:19)
  5. 5 Fancy Pants (4:25)
  6. 6 Poinciana (4:38)
  7. 7 Minute by Minute (3:48)
  8. 8 True Spirit (4:27)
  9. 9 El Paquito (4:14)
  10. 10 Take a Step (4:06)
  11. 11 Return of the Genie (4:00)
  12. 12 Beth (3:49)
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Album Credits

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
Paul Blakemore Mastering
Buddy Bernier Composer
Jacob Meador Engineer
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