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All Music Guide - Jonathan Widran
The elegant funk pianist dresses up his elegant playing, catchy melodies and familiar funk leanings with rhythmic excursions to Latin America, Brazil, and Africa. A sticker on the wrapping of the disc touts the pianist as one of the true pioneers of smooth jazz, but that tag oversimplifies his uniquely global approach. Certainly, an elegant cut like "Aruban Nights" and the easygoing, Will Downing sung cover of "Feel Like Makin' Love" fulfill adult contemporary radio's idea of easygoing adventure, but Lyle's percussive palette runs too wild to tame with such strict categorization. His travels include the opening track, "Timbuktu," with Lyle taking saxman Gerald Albright ...
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All Music Guide - Jonathan Widran
The elegant funk pianist dresses up his elegant playing, catchy melodies and familiar funk leanings with rhythmic excursions to Latin America, Brazil, and Africa. A sticker on the wrapping of the disc touts the pianist as one of the true pioneers of smooth jazz, but that tag oversimplifies his uniquely global approach. Certainly, an elegant cut like "Aruban Nights" and the easygoing, Will Downing sung cover of "Feel Like Makin' Love" fulfill adult contemporary radio's idea of easygoing adventure, but Lyle's percussive palette runs too wild to tame with such strict categorization. His travels include the opening track, "Timbuktu," with Lyle taking saxman Gerald Albright and guitarist Paul Jackson, Jr. into a thick, jungle soundscape provided by the throbbing basslines of Alphonso Johnson and free-for-all percussion by Kevin Ricard. Lyle flys solo to Brazil on the jumpy rhythms and seductive synth-piano textures of "3 Minute Samba," and, along with trumpeter Rahmlee and guitarist Doc Powell, provides a lilting Latin canvas for vocalist Kevyn Lettau's romantic lyrics on "A Moment in Time." Guitarist Phil Upchurch and Lyle's organ performance add bluesy touches to the new agey "Checkin'," whose synth washes float above soft spoken word passages by Adwin Brown. Lyle then recalls the slick urban vibes of his last album, Rhythm Stories, with a hard-driving, bass pumping "Jubilee," featuring the brash sax conversations of Wilton Felder tenor and newcomer Mindi Abair alto. Contemporary jazz-rap often gets a bad rap for being overly predictable, but Lyle edges towards being a true genre revolutionary on the most exotic track, "Midnight Creeper." Over bassist Sekou Bunch's thick and insistent groove, Lyle eschews the piano's melodic graces in favor of opening the lid of his instrument and using the strings inside as percussion instruments. He insists his explorations aren't all that newfangled, but anyone looking beyond traditional jazz masters and classical legends like John Cage might be hard pressed for a modern comparison. At least in the smooth jazz world.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 1/7/1997
  • Label: Atlantic Mod Afw
  • UPC: 075678295126
  • Catalog Number: 82951
  • Sales rank: 210,301

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Timbuktu (4:58)
  2. 2 Aruban Nights (5:11)
  3. 3 Just Talk to Me (5:09)
  4. 4 Interlude (0:21)
  5. 5 Feel Like Makin' Love (4:55)
  6. 6 Jubilee (3:56)
  7. 7 Checkin' (4:55)
  8. 8 A Moment in Time (5:28)
  9. 9 Steppin' (4:45)
  10. 10 3 Minute Samba (3:00)
  11. 11 Midnight Creeper (4:49)
  12. 12 Inner Peace (5:13)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Bobby Lyle Primary Artist, Organ, Piano, Keyboards, keyboard bass
Will Downing Vocals
Michael Harris Trumpet
Gerald Albright Soprano Saxophone
Dwight Sills Guitar
Phil Upchurch Guitar
Mike Campbell Guitar
Sekou Bunch Bass
Alex Acuña Percussion, Drums
Bashiri Johnson Percussion
Leon "Ndugu" Chancler Drums
Rahmlee Michael Davis Trumpet
Nathan East Bass
Wilton Felder Saxophone, Tenor Saxophone
Fernando Harkness Flute, Saxophone
Doc Powell Guitar
Paul Jackson Jr. Guitar
Alphonso Johnson Bass
Larry Kimpel Bass
Kevyn Lettau Vocals
Lynn Mabry Vocals
Al McKay Guitar
Kevin Ricard Percussion
Melanie Taylor Vocals
Michael White Drums
Jerry Brooks Bass
David Satterfield Vocals
Andy Korn Drums
Tommy Organ Guitar
Gerald McCauley Synthesizer, Keyboards, Sampling
Mindi Abair Alto Saxophone, Soprano Saxophone
Stanley Benders Percussion
Mike Daigo Trombone
Mikael Sandgren Synthesizer, Keyboards, Sampling
Jorge Evans Guitar
Adwin Brown Voices
Andre Roberson Saxophone
Technical Credits
Will Downing Arranger, Producer
Larry Coryell Composer
Ronnie Foster Engineer
Bobby Lyle Arranger, Producer, drum programming
Eulis Cathey Executive Producer
Bernie Grundman Mastering
Eugene McDaniels Composer
Mark Partis Engineer
Rex Rideout Arranger, Producer
Joe Schiff Engineer
Greg Mull Engineer
Bob Tucker Engineer
Eddie Miller Engineer
Donald Tavie Engineer, drum programming
Elizabeth Barrett Art Direction
Gerald McCauley Arranger, Producer, Engineer, drum programming
Leon Askew Engineer
Mikael Sandgren Engineer, drum programming
Dred Scott Voice Sample
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