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Lyle Mays

Anyone who has seen the Pat Metheny Group in concert knows how the brilliant keyboard artistry of Lyle Mays is integral to their sound. While Mays has made his mark in the jazz idiom, he counts Bartok, Stravinsky, Berg, and Ravel among his musical inspirations. As a key collaborator with Metheny on their multi-Grammy ® winning albums and record-breaking Pat Metheny Group tours, Mays rarely finds the time to step out to feature his own solo work. When he does, as his “Solo " Improvisations For Expanded Piano” illustrated, Mays stands out as one of the masters of the instrument. While he is capable of keyboard pyrotechnics, Lyle knows just when to ease back and rely on just a melody to create a lyrical ambience and emotional base. Born in Wausaukee, Wisconsin, on November 27, 1953, Lyle grew up in a musical environment and was recognized by his teachers for his exceptional talent and ability

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Pat Metheny: From This Place

Read "From This Place" reviewed by John Kelman

It's been a full six years since Pat Metheny last released a studio recording. This, despite the guitarist who has become, in a career now in the midst of its fifth decade, one of the most famous and influential jazz guitarists of his (or, some would argue, any) generation, reportedly having enough material in the can ...

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Pat Metheny

Pat Metheny was born in Kansas City on August 12, 1954 into a musical family. Starting on trumpet at the age of 8, Metheny switched to guitar at age 12. By the age of 15, he was working regularly with the best jazz musicians in Kansas City, receiving valuable on-the-bandstand experience at an unusually young age. Metheny first burst onto the international jazz scene in 1974. Over the course of his three-year stint with vibraphone great Gary Burton, the young Missouri native already displayed his soon-to-become trademarked playing style, which blended the loose and flexible articulation customarily reserved for horn players with an advanced rhythmic and harmonic sensibility—a way of playing and improvising that was modern in conception but grounded deeply in the jazz tradition of melody, swing, and the blues

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Manfred Eicher: ECM 50 at Centre Culturel Flagey, Brussels

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This article first appeared at italia.allaboutjazz.com. ECM 50Centre Culturel FlageyBrussels, BelgiumNovember 21-24, 2019 During the year marking the 50th anniversary of the foundation of the German record company ECM, there have been numerous music festivals in Europe and America dedicated to the official celebration of the event. One of ...

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Manfred Eicher - L'uomo che fa accadere la musica: ECM 50 a Flagey, Bruxelles

Read "Manfred Eicher - L'uomo che fa accadere la musica: ECM 50 a Flagey, Bruxelles" reviewed by Mario Calvitti

ECM 50 Centro Culturale Flagey Bruxelles, Belgio 21-24.11.2019 Nell'anno in cui ricorre il cinquantesimo anniversario della fondazione della casa discografica tedesca ECM sono stati numerosi in Europa e America i festival musicali dedicati alla celebrazione ufficiale dell'evento. Uno dei più importanti è sicuramente stato quello svoltosi alla fine di Novembre a ...

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November Birthday Salutes Featuring ECM Artists

Read "November Birthday Salutes Featuring ECM Artists" reviewed by Marc Cohn

It is... time for November birthday salutes! Pianists Hampton Hawes, Ellis Marsalis, Paul Bley, Lyle Mays, Marcin Wasilewski; flutist Hubert Laws; singer Ernestine Anderson; guitarist Russell Malone; saxophonists Lou Donaldson, Mark Turner; trumpeters Arturo Sandoval & Don Cherry; drummers Andrew Cyrille & Billy Hart! And resident sage Mose Allison. You'll notice a slug of ECM artists ...

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Steve Khan: Patchwork

Read "Patchwork" reviewed by John Kelman

Amongst the many myths out there about music-making—especially in jazz, where the improvisation quotient is often so high—is that composing may, indeed, be work, but doesn't require the kind of relentless attention to detail that far more truthfully defines how many artists write and arrange their music. These days, one need only look to music by ...

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Binker Golding: Abstractions Of Reality Past & Incredible Feathers

Read "Abstractions Of Reality Past & Incredible Feathers" reviewed by Chris May

None of the new, legion improviser-composer tenor saxophonists on London's underground scene are more accomplished than Binker Golding, and unlike many avant-garde players, Golding has a thorough knowledge of the saxophonists who preceded him. His originality is, in a phrase coined by Harold Rosenberg, art critic on The New Yorker in the 1970s, “emblazoned with the ...

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Quentin Collins Sextet: Road Warrior

Read "Road Warrior" reviewed by Chris May

Hard-bop with a modern twist from the British trumpeter Quentin Collins, who is probably best known for his work with the Kyle Eastwood Band and who leads his own transatlantic group on Road Warrior. The frontline is completed by two British-based saxophonists, Leo Richardson on tenor and Meilana Gillard on alto. The rhythm section is out ...

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Simon Lasky Group: About The Moment

Read "About The Moment" reviewed by Geno Thackara

Which moment could this title be referring to? There's no shortage of beautifully striking ones scattered throughout the Simon Lasky Group's second outing: dynamic lifts and swells, chord changes that step through sophisticated sequences as smoothly as descending stairs, little heads or melody lines that pack a special hit because they're placed at just the right ...


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