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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.
I love jazz because anything is possible; it has few rules and the best jazz breaks those ones. I prefer free improv because it doesn't really have any rules at all.
I was first exposed to jazz in my teens (in the late sixties).
The first jazz record I bought was Filles de Kilimanjaro by Miles Davis, shortly followed by Extrapolation by John McLaughlin.
My advice to new listeners is to listen as widely as possible and not to make snap judgments--stick with it.