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Joyful
     

Joyful

by Bobby Lyle
 
This master of the elegant funk tune launched a promising solo career in the late '70s, long before the term "smooth jazz" was coined, then hit again in the late '80s and early '90s with a series of hits on Atlantic. Bobby Lyle has been out of the loop in that radio format for a few years, but pianist/Three Keys Music founder Marcus Johnson

Overview

This master of the elegant funk tune launched a promising solo career in the late '70s, long before the term "smooth jazz" was coined, then hit again in the late '80s and early '90s with a series of hits on Atlantic. Bobby Lyle has been out of the loop in that radio format for a few years, but pianist/Three Keys Music founder Marcus Johnson -- a big fan from childhood -- had the insight to sign the versatile Lyle on to help launch his new label of music best described as "metropolitan smooth." No doubt Lyle's old fan base would have come out of the woodwork to support a recording with 13 fresh tracks that range from radio friendly to wild, jamming, and improvisational, but a little big-name support couldn't hurt. Fortunately, Lyle doesn't let his popular cohorts overshadow the melodic foundations of his keyboards and acoustic piano. He enjoys doubling with Norman Brown's crisp guitar licks on the easy funk of "Give Me Your Heart," then going to the high register for a few extra notes. The song plays like a laid-back conversation between old pals. "Rain Walkin" is a bright and bouncy retro-soul piece that also plays like happy chatter between Lyle's catchy melody and Peter White's responsive acoustic guitar harmony. Lyle jumps squarely into the new millennium groovewise on the chunky "Spankin," whose melody harks back to his early days via Fender Rhodes. He plays all the verses, then joins with Rick Braun's trumpet and Gerald Albright's sax for a jamming, percussive chorus. The same trio effect works well on the more lighthearted acoustic piano jaunt "Millennium Dance," which features a unique call and response by Lyle's own high- and low-register lines. Not that he needs cover tunes, but his take on Sade's "Sweetest Taboo" is fairly sensual, though less thoughtful than "How Do You Keep the Music Playing?" Bridging today's pop scene with his own history (his 1977 debut was called The Genie), he can't resist a feisty, blues-drenched romp through Christina Aguilera's "Genie in a Bottle," featuring a few bars of Middle Eastern exotica and Everette Harp on sax and EWI.

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Although Bobby make not be a household name, his music does rate right up there with musical oxygen. Words cannot fully describe his latest offering, the truth can only be found in the ear of the beholder.

Product Details

Release Date:
11/26/2002
Label:
Lightyear
UPC:
0085365456228
catalogNumber:
54562

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Performance Credits

Bobby Lyle   Primary Artist,Piano,Keyboards,Hammond Organ,fender rhodes,keyboard bass
Howard Hewett   Vocals
Gerald Albright   Saxophone
Peter White   Acoustic Guitar
Alex Al   Bass
Rick Braun   Muted Trumpet
Paulinho Da Costa   Percussion
Charles Fearing   Guitar,Rhythm Guitar
Everette Harp   Saxophone,Soprano Saxophone,EWI
Larry Kimpel   Bass
Ricky Lawson   Drums
Jarrard Anthony   Background Vocals
Stan Sargeant   Bass

Technical Credits

Michel Legrand   Composer
Bobby Lyle   Arranger,Producer,drum programming
Sade Adu   Composer
Marcus "Benjy" Johnson   Executive Producer
Stuart Matthewman   Composer
Don Murray   Engineer
Jack Rouben   Engineer
Jeff Tyson   Engineer
Jarrard Anthony   Arranger
James Hicks   Graphic Design

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