The Way I Feel
Bobby Lyle

For over forty years Bobby Lyle has dazzled the world with his creative and innovative sounds on piano, with recordings on five labels and reaching number one on the Billboard jazz chart, with his 1990 release, The Journey, on Atlantic Jazz. As an accomplished pianist, keyboardist, composer and musical director for greats such as Bette Midler, Al Jarreau and Anita Baker, he has managed to sustain himself as one of jazz’ leading artists.

The Way I Feel, recorded on his label New Warrior Music, is his latest and most brilliant accomplishment, which features him for the first time on the Hammond B-3 organ and incorporating his signature sound on acoustic piano and synthesizer. The project was inspired by his unforgettable friendship with the legendary Hammond B-3 organist, Jimmy Smith and the inspiration of legendary guitarist, Wes Montgomery.

Here Lyle is joined by an accomplished array of personnel with guitarist, Brian Nase; drummers Patrick Williams, Mark Simmons and Mark Prince; bassist, Keith Vivens; and Milton Comeaux on percussion.

The first track “The Cat” pops off with new twist of the original recording by Jimmy Smith. The timing and chord arrangements in which Bobby Lyle creates on the Hammond B-3 brings a fresh, nostalgic groove to this Jimmy Smith classic.

Enter guitarist Brennan Nase as he almost mirrors the accents of Wes Montgomery’s fluid sound and presence on “Feelin’ Wes”, this “rubber meets the road” piece is fueled with Bobby’s constructive movements making the Hammond B-3 his own. The sound is a remembrance of the collaborative “Dynamic Duo” of the 1960’s.

From then on the music dances through intricate styles of jazz paying tribute to the much celebrated sound of New Orleans second line, a touch of gospel, the standard, “Baby It’s Cold Outside” and more.

Tracks: The Cat; Feelin’ Wes; Baby It’s Cold Outside; Diddly Boom Boom (French Quarter Strut); B’s Bop;Horizon; The Way I Feel; On The Fly; Hard Workin’ Man; Walk On The Wild Side.

Skipping tracks will not be necessary on this uplifting, hip gyrating masterpiece. This recording will soon fall into the category of recorded classics of jazz.

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