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Lyle Mays

Lyle Mays' style is difficult to describe, more atmospheric (with plenty of unique colors) than swinging and an invaluable part of the sound of the Pat Metheny Group. Mays played and composed for the North Texas State University Lab Band in the mid-'70s. He met Metheny in 1975, toured with Woody Herman's Orchestra (1975-1976), and then joined Metheny's band, continuing to play with the guitarist's group. Lyle Mays (who is also an excellent acoustic pianist) has recorded several albums as a leader for Geffen, including the excellent work Fictionary in 1992 and Solo in 2000. ~ Scott Yanow, Rovi
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Magical. Makes me feel like a soaring angel that has been touched by a unicorn whilst being serenaded by an eagle. Lyle Mays is a true giant whose shimmering arrangements make me question my sanity. Breath taking really.
bob55148
OMG ifirstt heard Lyle at the Greek in Berkeley ca on a beautiful starry night sky.
I never recovered from the depth his keyboard, soaring sounds if this is what nirvana state of mind feels like well count me home. A true infinite genuis who is true
on his own musical path bring forth more of
Your queite strom filled with so much dynamic textures and feel thank you for the years of great works that you and pat have given my souls journey
So smooth, truly easy music in which to get totally lost.
kimovn630
Love, love this. Haven't heard it in quite some time. Very seductive and smooth. Never gets old.
Love the music Lyle and pat do together. Would love for them to get back together and do some new music!
Incredible tones, spirits, rejuvenation , alwsus climbing to higher heights...So Soothing..
Fictionary
by. Lyle. Mays
on Bill. Evans

The sound behind Metheny Love his melodies and great ideas!
Lyle is connected to the pulse of the universe! Loved it, thanks
You & Pat need to do a lil' something !!
Really !!!!! X bring in Wayne Shorter & Joe Lovano for a couple numbers xxxxxx
Does Lyle Mays still record? tour? what does he do these days? Would love to hear how his playing continues to progress.
mph_cia
Fabulous!! Sultry, calming...I' m listening at work and I feel transported to a most wonderful place!
HEY LYLE HOOK WITH UP THE OLD PAT METHENY GROUP AND TOUR THE USA.
I so miss my friend Lyle. Hope you are planning on coming to the NY - NJ area sometime soon!!! XOXOXOX Aimee'
russellstern 0
Simply one of the best keyboardist in the world. We met in Nice, France in 2002 after a concert. You're a genius and the most creative musician ever. Thanks for all the great listening. Pat M. Is never near good without you.
Dear Lyle, Can you come over and help me get the group back together? Thanks, Pat
Thank you Lyle for all the wonderful music!
joelzurlo
Lyle...infin i t y becomes you...love j. zurlo
dvaicek7
Without Lyle Pat is regular guitarist, and fairly predictible. Mays elevated the group to the next level. And it seems unfair that Pat gets all credits for the group success.
droy234282
His music embodies everything I love in music. Feels like home.
rjmhudson
I've had the pleasure of hearing him in concert, both solo playing electronic keyboards mainly and with a quartet playing acoustic piano, in small venues. Both were memorable! I can listen all day.
Lyle is the man.
His sound is truly ethereal.
i absolutely cannot say enough about this man and his gift. the depth, sophisticati o n , mastery, and pure joy of his creativity fills me with awe and with peace. i would love to touch his hands.

years ago i heard him play with pat metheny and it was the best concert i ever attended - it was like two gods at play!

i have never heard any pianist come close to the beautiful places i go in my mind when lyle is at the piano. i love you lyle!
Understated, underrated and sometimes, unbelievable . I believe Lyle is a genius on not a few levels, literally. He is the classy, supreme commander of signature sound. He is to Pat M. as Lennon was to McCartney: each w/o the other not nearly as creative, intelligent and amazing. He keeps so much in reserve. Like a fine Arabian, Ferrari or G5, his cruising speed is way above the pack, and all he has to do to move quickly into overdrive/hy p e r s p a c e , is lightly tap on the pedal of his talent!
jackcfeldman 1 9 4 8
Lyle Mays' Fictionary demonstrates a keen understandin g of the wonders of straight-ahe a d acoustic jazz music and is a remarkable tribute to the music of the late Bill Evans. I wish Mays would do more of this kind of work. His use of sidemen Marc Johnson and Jack deJohnette was a brilliant stroke. Absolutely superb music....
Favorite line on any live album (Travels), near the end of San Lorenzo...as always Lyle! You just know Methany trusts that man to Nth degree. Incredible team.
Interesting roots!!! All the way from North Texas State? I,m surprised Lyle didn,t hook up with Kenton, who was also an innovator? You'd think Leon Breeden might have gotten in the act?
LISTEN TO FALCON AND THE SNOWMAN SOUND TRACK TOP NOTCH THIS IS NOT AMERICA IS MY FAVORITE TRACK
I LOVE TEIKO TRACK NEVER GET SICK OF IT ITS AWESOME
The Voice..
When I first heard Lyle Mays and Pat Metheny on radio back in the late 70's I knew right away what I wanted to do with my life. Be a Jazz radio announcer so I could discover and share music like this. After a 30 year career I am still in awe of this magnificent pianist and event though I'm now retired from radio I can proudly say I was able to share this blessing of music with so many others. There are no others to compare him to because he,s the only one who spoke his language.
Mays contribution the the PMG is considerable . He is a great keyboardist in his own right with a unique sound that while at times leans toward the commercial side of jazz, is always entertaining . His work on Fictionary is brilliant acoustic jazz ...especiall y his interplay with Jack Dejohnette. Would like to hear more from him on solo projects
elevenchase
I sat about 5 feet from Lyle as he, Rodby and Wertico were playing at The Green Mill in Chicago a few years ago. Watching Lyle, it seemed that the piano was a fluid extension of his body. It was unbelievable .
I had a chance to talk to Lyle during a break in their sound checks at the Berkeley Greek Theater during the PMG Letter From Home Tour. First off the guy is so down to earth, friendly and mellow. We started talking about the Still Life Talking show I saw about 2 years previously to this tour. I tell him that he is my all time favorite jazz pianist, he thanks me and then blows my mind by asking..How was our sound the last time you saw us? Whoa.. this guy is so dedicated...
harry_cushin g
Lyle is starting to improvise using a " Spectrasonic s " technology that is mind blowing. There are some in studio sessions with Alex Acuna that give a little view of what the future has in store on You Tube.
miamilakr
A shy genius who never minded being away from the spotlight as Metheny's right hand, this guy and Steve Rodby have been the anchors of the PMG since day one.Love his music and personality, the M & M duo collaboratio n is one for the history books, never miss them when they come to South Florida.
ruthpbrownin g
He and Pat Metheny are an epic duo...
One of my favorites... v e r y skilled and innovative.
Well said, vfoy. Keyboard players don't come any better (or cooler) than Lyle Mays. I've seen him often with the PMG and he always delivers more tasteful, beautiful and engaging music than expected. And isn't that what a live show is really all about?
Had an encounter with Lyle back in '83 during a Pat Metheney Group's Concert on the Commons series in Boston MA one summer. I was 15, a total pothead, and I remember bumping into him at refreshments stand, and being so high, and so in awe, that all I could think to ask, "Hay man, do you know what time it is?" And Lyle, very politely replied "Half past"... I remember thinking to my young self, 'that has got to be the coolest dude on God's green earth' ...
blackburnfor d
Funny, i remember taking a date to a Metheny Group concert in Chicago. I had scored front row right behind Lyle. My date kept commenting after how all during the show she wanted to reach up and braid his hair. :)
vfoy6
Pure solace, texture, dreamscape.. . . organic, inspiring, kinetic. I agree w/ Mr. Kleiner. Metheny's tribute song, with Mays on keyboards, to Bill Evans is among the most seminal pieces of music of all time. Our favorite classical composers would have loved it... and many others composed by these exceptional artists.
I am a huge fan of both Pat Metheny and Lyle Mays. I can listen to their music over and over and it always sounds fresh and inventive. Having been a classical snob for many years, I have these two gentlemen to blame for my recent addiction to jazz. Thanks!!
amannian
I owned his "Lyle Mays" 1985 album for 2 years before I started to understand the depth and Texture of this piano player. One night a good friend and I were at the beach and we tossed it in the CD player....tr a c k after track this guy blow our mind with his musical journey through different places in the world, Scotland, Japan, some frozen ice cap somewhere, then with Bill Frisell working unbelievable sounds from his guitar then the closing track to take you homeward bound. Shear brilliance. the
mjenk10733
One of the most underrated keyboard artist of all time.
Lyle is pure genius!
lewis.susan1 0
this is the sound that threads through my life...Lyle' s style flows...
hddoc7
I love Lyle's piano playing. It's soothing, relaxing and just plain laid back. It's the kind of music you listen to with a good scotch or martini at the end of a hard day.
Lyle mays is an amazing keyboard player- I first saw lyle in 1978 with the pat metheny group and they were fantastic - I would say that they opened the door for me to start listening to more jazz and I am not saying that everything that PM dose is jazz, he and lyle have done a wide variety of musical stylings - including straight jazz - but back to lyle he is one of the best keyboard players around he always delivers the goods.
Mays provides the base from which the Metheny Group works. He holds everything together. Very relaxing. Helps to unwind an otherwise hectic day.
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