Good to know there’s a free spirit out there named Tim Lyddon. He’s armed with a slightly irreverent sense of musical humor that is sprinkled throughout Shades of People (Essence). It surfaces without warning, but you can rely on its being an integral part of each intro he plays. It’s safe to say Lyddon never met a motif he couldn’t weave into the fabric of an intro. He does it on all six standards here and each is a delight. They can be classics as disparate as “Somewhere” or “Wave,” but they get the same “hidden Lyddon” treatment: suggestions, hints, Proustian remembrances of melodies past.
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