Bobby Lyle - The Power of Touch

Bobby Lyle - The Power of Touch

  • Genre: Jazz, Smooth Jazz
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Artist: Bobby Lyle
Title Of Album: The Power of Touch
Year Of Release: January 7, 1997
Label: Atlantic / Wea
Genre: Smooth Jazz / Piano
Bitrate: 320Kbps
Total Time: 52:32 min
Total Size: 101 MB
01 Timbuktu
02 Aruban Nights
03 Just Talk to Me
04 Interlude
05 Feel Like Makin' Love
06 Jubilee
07 Checkin'
08 Moment in Time
09 Steppin'
10 3 Minute Samba
11 Midnight Creeper
12 Inner Peace
The elegant funk pianist dresses up his elegant playing, catchy melodies and familiar funk leanings with rhythmic excursions to Latin America, Brazil and Africa. A sticker on the wrapping of the disc touts the pianist as one of the true pioneers of smooth jazz, but that tag oversimplifies his uniquely global approach. Certainly, an elegant cut like "Aruban Nights" and the easygoing, Will Downing sung cover of "Feel Like Makin' Love" fulfill adult contemporary radio's idea of easygoing adventure, but Lyle's percussive palette runs too wild to tame with such strict categorization. His travels include the opening track, "Timbuktu," with Lyle taking saxman Gerald Albright and guitarist Paul Jackson, Jr. into a thick, jungle soundscape provided by the throbbing basslines of Alphonso Johnson and free-for-all percussion by Kevin Ricard. Lyle flys solo to Brazil on the jumpy rhythms and seductive synth-piano textures of "3 Minute Samba," and, along with trumpeter Rahmlee and guitarist Doc Powell, provides a lilting Latin canvass for vocalist Kevyn Lettau's romantic lyrics on "A Moment in Time." Guitarist Phil Upchurch and Lyle's organ performance add bluesy touches to the new agey "Checkin'," whose synth washes float above soft spoken word passages by Adwin Brown. Lyle then recalls the slick urban vibes of his last album, Rhythm Stories, with a hard-driving, bass pumping "Jubilee," featuring the brash sax conversations of Wilton Felder (tenor) and newcomer Mindi Abair (alto). Contemporary jazz rap often gets a bad rap for being overly predictable, but Lyle edges towards being a true genre revolutionary on the most exotic track, "Midnight Creeper." Over bassist Sekou Bunch's thick and insistent groove, Lyle eschews the piano's melodic graces in favor of opening the lid of his instrument and using the strings inside as percussion instruments. He insists his explorations aren't all that newfangled, but anyone looking beyond traditional jazz masters and classical legends like John Cage might be hard pressed for a modern comparison. At least in the smooth jazz world. ~ Jonathan Widran, All Music Guide

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