Thirty years as the fine wine of jazz pianists, Bobby Lyle has aged musically enough to be considered one of the deluxe artists in the vineyard of jazz! In 2006, Heads Up records offered a tasting of Lyle’s labeled Hands On to the public. It is a pure mix of bright contemporary jazz for those with diverse tastes. This is Lyle’s fifteenth spin. Another moment in keyboard excellence has been captured in the annals of fine music.
The attraction goes even further than Lyles’s talents. Guest vocalist, Peabo Bryson, soothes the savage heat of lust with his formula for "Lost in Our Love". As old friends, Lyle and Peabo co-wrote this cut which enhances the total spin effectiveness of the listen.
This Heads Up debut has Lyle calling it a "celebration" of sorts. He addresses several emotions throughout the disc. I found that to be the case in most of his past work. He is a talent that passionately embraces moods with arrangements, along with an exquisite flair for the appropriate beat.
Michael McDonald and Lester Abrams hit, "Minute By Minute", is nothing short of a strong and vibrant arrangement with a heated ivory pathway. Very cool vibes on this spin!
Hands On is just the type of spin that takes you far into the music itself. This is not just an average musical episode, but also a moment in artistry that is far from passé. Full of life, love, passion, and all the menu items for a fine spin. Hands On keeps the listener tuned in to a unique jazz encounter. Lyle is truly a factor in the "feel" of keyboards!