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R. I. P. Lyle Mays

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I have just seen that Pat Metheny 's wing man, Lyle Mays, has passed away due to a 'reoccurring illness'. 66. No age. A massively underrated talent whose work I have enjoyed for decades. 

 

 

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Me too! Loved his first two solo albums. PMG work was fine too. 'As Witicha Falls' a particular highlight of his. And let's not forget the bass connection with Jaco as part of of Joni Mitchell's Mingus back-up band with Pat, Mike Brecker and Don Alias. 

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I always think of his synth playing as some of the most organic and satisfying I have ever heard. It sounds 'real' not synthesised, if you see what I mean. 

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R.I.P Lyle Mays.

He was a real favourite of mine... a wonderful, talented Musician.

 

 

 

 

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Yep, a real tough one to take in.  He hadn't been playing with PM, or indeed anyone for a while, and there was inevitable speculation.....had they fallen out? Had Lyle lost it and become a recluse?  And always at the back of the mind, the prospect of something like this. 

I saw the PMG several times and have many of their albums, and let's not forget the remarkable Shadows & Light by Joni Mitchell. All of those have formed part of my listening for several decades now. Much sadness here.

 

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13 hours ago, Bilbo said:

I always think of his synth playing as some of the most organic and satisfying I have ever heard. It sounds 'real' not synthesised, if you see what I mean. 

key synth or synth on bass? And could you point me to some good examples of either please?

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Key synth. Its the way his sound integrates into the ensemble sound. It's perfect. 

 

 

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RIP.

I saw him play many times and it was a joy every single time, from tiny club dates with the PMG to an arena show with Joni Mitchell.

 

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