Lyle Mays: Lincoln Reviews His Notes

Track

Lincoln Reviews His Notes

Artist

Lyle Mays (piano)

CD

Fictionary (GEFD 24521)

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Musicians:

Lyle Mays (piano), Jack DeJohnette (drums), Marc Johnson (bass).

Recorded: Power Station, NYC April 23, 1992

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Rating: 90/100 (learn more)

The title is the only thing quirky about this elegant tune from longtime Pat Metheny collaborator Lyle Mays’ outstanding acoustic trio album Fictionary. The tune opens with a stately, solemn piano melody, and Mays exhibits splendid technique and invention as he escalates it with potent, agile soloing, DeJohnette and Johnson providing inspired support. It’s great to hear Mays step out as a leader, and “Lincoln Reviews His Notes” is a gem that shouldn’t be overlooked.

Reviewer: Lucy Tauss

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