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Bobby Lyle: In the Moment

Gigi Brooks talks with the keyboardist about his career as a bandleader and musical director

Bobby Lyle

Throughout my career I have conducted numerous interviews with some of the most influential jazz legends and artists of our time. The musical artistry of Emmy-nominated, pianist, keyboardist and composer, Bobby Lyle has fascinated me to the point that I made it a priority to reach out to him and speak with him about who he is as an artist and his life experience in the industry for over forty years.

His latest release, The Way I Feel, is a heartfelt tribute to his late, great friend and mentor, Hammond B-3 organ player, Jimmy Smith and the late, great guitarist, Wes Montgomery. On this recording, Bobby Lyle takes on the Hammond B-3 with fire and brimstone, grooving throughout each session with precise purpose and a uniqueness all his own. The personnel choice is a one-of-a-kind selection, which iced the cake with Brennan Nase on guitar; Patrick Williams, Mark Simmons, and Mark Prince on drums, Keith Vivens on bass, and Milton Comeaux on percussion.

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