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Bobby Lyle

A flexible pianist and keyboardist, Bobby Lyle has long straddled the boundaries between straight-ahead and more commercial forms of jazz. He grew up in Minneapolis and at age six took piano lessons from his mother, who was a church organist. Lyle played clarinet for a period in junior high school before switching back to piano. He considers Oscar Peterson, Ahmad Jamal, Bill Evans, Erroll Garner, and Art Tatum to have been his early influences. Lyle's first gig was when he was 16 and, after two years of college, in 1964 he became a full-time musician. He spent six years playing locally in Minneapolis and then toured for two years with Young-Holt Unlimited. After returning to Minneapolis for local work (recording a set in 1974 that was released just in Japan), in 1976 Lyle moved to Los Angeles where he quickly got a job with Sly & the Family Stone. After playing with Ronnie Laws, he recorded two solo albums for Capitol. Lyle made guest appearances on recordings by George Benson, Phyllis Hyman, and Esther Phillips and in the early '80s toured with Benson and became Bette Midler's musical director. After two years with Al Jarreau, Lyle recorded a straight-ahead combo date for King (which was reissued as an Evidence CD), conducted for Anita Baker in 1986, and worked with Gerald Albright. In 1988 he began a long association with Atlantic that resulted in the release of six albums between 1989 and 1997, with Pianomagic, a 1991 album of piano solos, being one of the highlights of his career. Bobby Lyle has remained a highly versatile and valuable keyboardist as both leader and sideman during the new millennium, releasing such albums as 2002's Joyful, 2004's Straight and Smooth, and 2006's Hands On on independent labels. ~ Scott Yanow, Rovi
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love this JAM his stuff always put me in the mood
marvelous talent. full of life n rythym.
He plays sensual jazz..
He plays a mean piano.
timjo6160
Wow! What energy in his music and delightfull
Wish I could've heard this man live
Tip toe on the ivory! That's what's up
This guy should get alot more air play.
Yes, man. He's cool. Read his bio. Just think, Bobbie Lyle and Prince came from Wisconsin. What's in the water in THE GREAT WHITE NORTH?
Given
Iceman49 he's a bad man
BL...my favorite!.
This Brother is real smooth with it... I like this s.a......;-)
nice.
Yeah buddy
gardenofmone y
ahhhh yeh......com o n ' now.
soulfully & mellow yet delightful & flavorful... . . . . . . . i'm lovin this
gardenofmone y
This brother can work magic with the keys, lovin' his music for years!
hey B.L.mannnnnn you tickle the SOUL wit the smooth elegant sounds of those pearly keys embracing the hearts/ears of many whom lovessss yo groovie sound ! and I dig it man (a true fan-Bro.Abd- d i i n ) PEACE !!!
Great pianist!
ahollins261
was Jammin Bobby Lyle, back in the Day in St.Paul / Mpls, in early 65, still have his first album ! the Genius .
Listen to those ivory keys calling LOVE...
elcarim54
The man and the piano become one. Beautiful delight!
A glass of wine ...and having a beautiful conversation with your Love one ...muhah !
Lovely.
Straight Sunday afternoon music.....in the fall because its so smooth
kruizing convertible kind of music .
Loved listening to him in St.paul/Mpls love him now
He is the best.He has his own style! Very funky and smooth.


ticklin' those ivory keys so well as he does
clo.cynthia
First time hearing his music really enjoying it.
Smooth jazz and Bobby Lyle! What more needs to be said!!!
Totally relaxing
a owndreful pianolist to sooth the soul
jlowrey24
Such a talented musician and a very nice guy...one of a kind! Adore his music.
bobby is an old school performer,an d I love his music.
Good grief he sure is edible! wow! talented and fine! EWWEEEEEEE! Mmmmmmmmm!!! ! ! ! ! ! What a fine taste!
cbryant844
Bobby Lyle Gets It in a Big way!!!
zenypablo
....so romantic & relaxing to listen to!!,,,,
i like him what a fantastic key player
I love this music, he is fantastic on the keys!
easy listening, mellow, love your music
wonderful
Love his music. Great live performer!
ajamesrich
Mr. Lyle along with Mr. Baldwin, in my opinion are the best keyboardest of all times. I'm JUST saying personally.. .
bubba2307
This song is perfect riding along the side of a lake.
johnmargie6
Has a connection with Al Jerreau! candy for the ears.
Real smooth,I'm a fan
Vey nice and relaxing to listen to.
nataliestv
This is really nice! I am now of fan and will definitely pick up his CD.
real nice i see me sipping some wine to this! Good work Boby I'm now a fan.
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