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Tyler Rice's eponymous debut is truly a one-man show. Rice composed all songs, played all instruments, and released the CD on his own label. Although he has accumulated plenty of experience in local bands as a drummer and bassist, when he decided to start composing and embark on his solo career, he built his fan base via the internet, uploading his compositions to a popular MP3 site and drawing a very positive response.
The CD does, in fact, sound like a one-man show. The flute or brass parts sound like, well... a keyboard emulating flute or brass parts. Same with the sustained background chords. But it's okay, though, there's certainly a place in the music world for well-done solo CDs, especially when the tunes are catchy and likable as Rice's are. The tunes are, by Rice's own description, aimed at the smooth jazz/easy listening market, and they fulfill that objective.
Rice shows that he has the ability to compose and perform enjoyable instrumental music. This CD is a worthwhile debut. Hopefully, we can look forward to future releases where Rice continues to develop his own voice and add some more authentic-sounding samples to his sound palatte. (Twin)
Track Listing: Deja Vu; Another Lonely Night; Daybreak; Summer Solitude; City Nights; Serenity; Guardian Angel; Just Another Day; One Last Dance; Copy Cat; Beyond Words; Having Fun. (43:59)
Personnel: Tyler Rice - all keyboards, bass, drums.
Years ago now--in Rhodesia--listening to Voice of America with Willis Conover I heard Bunk Johnson play When The Saints Go Marching In, and Billie Holiday sing Don't Explain. I knew then there was no other life for me than jazz.