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.
I fell in love with jazz through my dad Bobby Hirst who was a jazz pianist for over 50 years around the UK and Europe. He was such a modest man but an incredible musician. I tinkered with piano but found myself drawn to guitar after listening to Wes Montgomery, Joe Pass and Kenny Burrell
I fell in love with jazz through my dad Bobby Hirst who was a jazz pianist for over 50 years around the UK and Europe. He was such a modest man but an incredible musician. I tinkered with piano but found myself drawn to guitar after listening to Wes Montgomery, Joe Pass and Kenny Burrell. Misty by Erroll Garner is one of my favourite tracks. My current choice of guitars are Gibson ES335 & ES175 although I only own Epiphone copies at present. I also play classical guitar and love to play jazz on them. I have recently moved to Leeds from York and hoping to meet new friends in the jazz community.