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Tim Lyddon

Pianist/composer Tim Lyddon describes his approach to music as "...uncompromised, what I feel from the heart, drawn from my life's experiences."  Bill Evans and Keith Jarrett along with impressionism and introspection are key influences and elements in his approach.  Tim began studying piano at nine years old, but took a serious interest in jazz three years later after his family moved to California.  Art Tatum, Oscar Peterson and Bud Powell were his first influences in developing his own natural swing feel.  Tommy Flanagan, Hank Jones, Jarrett and Evans soon followed.  A serious and dedicated student, he studied with Charlie Shoemake and Terry Trotter, and after a two year stint in Las Vegas, he returned to Los Angeles and immersed himself in the jazz scene playing with great musicians such as Dick Berk, Chuck Flores, Sam Most, Bob Summers and Kim Richmond as well as leading his own trio. He recorded two trio projects and also recorded two albums with Stan Kenton trombonist Ray Weigand, as well as various television and movie scores. After studying classical piano on scholarship with Milton Stern, Tim studied composition and arranging with Spud Murphy, who also taught such luminaries as Oscar Peterson, Gerald Wiggins and Bennie Maupin

Shades of People

Label: Essence
Released: 2004
Track listing: Shades Of People; After You


Tim Lyddon: Shades of People

Read "Shades of People" reviewed by C. Michael Bailey

Comparisons to Keith Jarrett are certainly not out of order for pianist Tim Lyddon. Comparison to Bill Evans even withstands muster. However, Mr. Lyddon, while introspective in his playing, is not that introspective. The pianist’s previous recording, I’ve Traveled So Far , was well-received in these pages, and with very good reason. Mr. Lyddon is the ...

I've Traveled So Far

Label: Essence
Released: 2002
Track listing: I've Traveled So Far; Angela; Theme For A Lost Real; I Should Care; Dreamland; Just Passin' By; Beautiful Feeling; What Time Is It; Freedom Piece; I Thought About You. (Total Time: 60:06).


Tim Lyddon: I've Traveled So Far

Read "I've Traveled So Far" reviewed by C. Michael Bailey

What's not to like... With an engaging light-as-a-feather, block-chord touch, pianist Tim Lyddon spins out eight original and two standard compositions, all impeccably performed in the piano trio format.. A California-born current New Yorker, Lyddon employs his original compositions to express the art of the trio. He is not a blues player (at least on this ...


Tim Lyddon: I've Traveled So Far

Read "I've Traveled So Far" reviewed by Stephen Koch

Pianist Tim Lyddon uses a trio setting on this set of ten songs and creates music that is demanding and inspired. Ably backed by bass and drums he spreads the tunes around on another and back again. Eight songs are originals by Tim with the other two being standards. “Theme For a Lost Real" allows all ...


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