Bobby Lyle, a Boscov’s Berks Jazz Fest favorite, has released his latest CD project – Ivory Flow.
The iconic jazz and R&B pianist is joined by an amazing list of guest artists for his 15th recording.
Ivory Flow features a perfect mix of contemporary and smooth styles — with sensuous rhythms and signature Lyle melodies. The CD also features a few traditional surprises as well — Indigo Nights, Cleo’s Waltz.
The CD is the perfect follow-up to Lyle’s induction into the Black Music Awards Hall of Fame presented by the Black Music Association and Academy last November.
Lyle was joined by an amazing group of musicians who shared their talent and musical voices to the Ivory Flow recording.
Check out this list of guest artists — Kerry Wilkens on guitar, Vincent Gross on trumpet, Nate Phillips on bass, Jay Williams on drums, Stanley Clarke on bass; Sonny Emory on drums, Lenny Castro on percussion, Tatiana Mayfield vocals, Rick Braun on trumpet, Brian Bromberg on bass; Gerald Albright on sax, and Kirk Whalum on sax, Marcus Miller on bass, Andre Hayward on trombone; Everette Harp on sax, Kyle Turner in sax, Ken Mondshine on sax, Jon Calderon on guitar, Andre Venson vocals, Paul Jackson Jr. on guitar, Billy Kilson on drums, Nathan East on bass, and Vinnie Colaiuta on drums; Marion Meadows on sax, John Patitucci on bass.
With that musical firepower, this is a must-have CD.
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Lyle has been a fixture on the jazz scene for more than three decades.
He has distinguished himself as a performing artist, composer, recording artist — with releases on Capitol Jazz, Atlantic Jazz, Three Keys, Heads Up and now, his own label, New Warrior Music — musical director, music publisher, and music educator.
Lyle began his professional career at the age of 16, playing in local clubs in Minneapolis, Minn.
After high school, he enrolled in Macalester College in St. Paul, where he took two years of advanced piano studies before hitting the road as a full-time musician.
A move from Minneapolis to Los Angeles with his family set in motion a fortuitous set of circumstances that led him to Jazz Crusader co-founder Wayne Henderson, who secured his first record and also became Lyle’s first record producer and mentor in the business.
Subsequent deals with Atlantic Jazz, Three Keys, and Heads Up allowed him to compile a prolific discography of music over the decade. His musical journey has taken him all over the world to various venues and festivals, including numerous performances at the Boscov’s Berks Jazz Fest.
Lyle served as musical director for such notable artists as Al Jarreau, Anita Baker, Bette Midler (with whom he scored an Emmy nomination for her HBO special Diva Las Vegas), and Phyliss Hyman.
Lyle’s 1990 project The Journey made it to #1 on the Billboard jazz chart, and he is still the only artist whose record (Straight & Smooth on the Three Keys label, 2005) appeared on both the Billboard Magazine smooth jazz and traditional jazz charts at the same time.
Bobby is still traveling and performing. He also is involved with teaching and mentoring jazz piano students both privately and in seminars and clinics.