Lyle Mays

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Krentz Ratings:
Lyle Mays (1985), 7/10
Sweet Dreams (1988), 7/10
Fictionary (1992), 5.5/10
Solo (1998), 6/10

Lyle Mays (1953), a keyboardist equally brilliant at the acoustic piano as at the synthesizer, more famous as Pat Metheny's guitarist (and composer of half of his classics), showcased his articulate, elegant contrapuntal craft in the 14-minute Alaskan Suite, off Lyle Mays (april 1985), and in the 20-minute suite Street Dreams, a kaleidoscopic blend of progressive-rock, electronic music, new-age music and world-music, off Street Dreams (1988), while Fictionary (april 1992) was a more conventional trio session with bassist Marc Johnson and drummer Jack DeJohnette, and Solo (august 1998) was a set of "improvisations for expanded piano".

The double-disc The Ludwigsburg Concert (november 1993) documents a live performance qith Bob Sheppard (sax), Marc Johnson (bass) and Mark Walker (drums).

He also composed Twelve Days In The Shadow Of A Miracle (premiered in 1994) for harp, flute, viola and synthesizer (recorded in 1996 by the Debussy Trio).

Mays died in 2020 at the age of 66.

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