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RIP Lyle Mays #3028432 02/11/20 03:51 AM
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https://m.facebook.com/LyleMays/photos/a.67520478696/10157028846863697/?type=3&source=48

For those not on FB:

“It is with deep sadness that I share that my uncle, Lyle Mays, passed away this morning in Los Angeles surrounded by loved ones, after a long battle with a recurring illness. Lyle was a brilliant musician and person, and a genius in every sense of the word. He was my dear uncle, mentor, and friend and words cannot express the depth of my grief.

From his family, thank you for loving him and his music.”

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Wow, that's awful. I'm in the Pat Metheny fan group on Facebook, and yesterday someone posted something that sort of implied that he had passed, but googling turned up nothing. This is a big bummer. I think I saw him play more times than anyone else (aside fro Pat himself).

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Oh NO ! That's horrible news !! We're the same age. What an influence he had all musicians, not just keyboard players and pianists. And what a legacy he left ! I'm devastated .... cry

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Re: RIP Lyle Mays [Re: JohnH] #3028442 02/11/20 04:30 AM
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Another great one gone. RIP Lyle.


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Re: RIP Lyle Mays [Re: JohnH] #3028443 02/11/20 05:01 AM
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Re: RIP Lyle Mays [Re: JohnH] #3028448 02/11/20 06:03 AM
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Sad day in music thank you Lyle for all you shared with us. RIP

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Sad news indeed. R.I.P.

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Re: RIP Lyle Mays [Re: JohnH] #3028452 02/11/20 06:33 AM
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No!

RIP Mr. Mays, thank you for the music.

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How sad. In my list of favorite piano players he was #1. I saw him play live 3 times. Amazing musician. RIP.

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Sad news. Never got to hear him live, but he's on so many of my favorite records. RIP.


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A band I was in opened for the PM Group in their early days at the Mississippi Nights club in STL...'77 or '78 I think. Lyle was the nicest guy. We carried around this sort of a chopped baby grand. It played with the smoothness of driving a semi-truck in a parking lot but sounded fairly decent through the house system. Lyle commented he loved the band and that he wished they carried something like that.

We met again years later when he was doing a clinic at Musician's Institute in Hollywood , where I was part of the Big Band and small group Jazz ensembles. Bob Sheppard was playing in the group with Lyle. I think it was Steve Houghton and Tom Warrington too. They sounded great, I remember them just playing some Standards and a couple of Lyle's tunes.

When it came time in the program to talk about music, harmony and his overall approach, he had the entire packed room - teachers, students, visiting musicians, the guys on stage- totally mesmerized ! Such a deep, genius type guy. Yet very humble, down to earth and so easy to converse with. I was amazed that he remembered that gig and our band in STL.

What a loss. I'm shattered over this news. frown

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I have no words. This comes as a complete shock. So young!


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Re: RIP Lyle Mays [Re: JohnH] #3028464 02/11/20 09:15 AM
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Part of the ‘jazz culture’ is ‘be hip, not corny’. But Lyle wasn’t afraid to be ‘romantic’, as in 19th century Romantic. He used the word ‘drama’ to describe it. There is Sturm und Drang in his music.

For me this gave his work, especially with PMG, a timelessness. The marriage of new music and very old sensibilities.

And the sense that the music he made was coming from a complete person.

Oh hell, I’ve been missing him for years, and now I know he’s not coming back. I think it’s time to relisten to the last section of Wichita Falls.

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This is so sad. I'm literally in tears. The only comfort is that he had already "retired" from the music business and seemed content with his body of work, which is indeed massive. RIP Lyle and thanks for inspiring me to become a musician. The first time I heard "Phase Dance" my life was forever changed.

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So sad. Didn't know he was ill. I got to see him with the PMG a couple of times. Such great shows with great musicians. His first solo release is a favorite of mine. Also, he recorded with bassist Eberhard Weber in a live recording that's different than his PMG music, but just as compelling. RIP


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No words. Such a great artist; he influenced an entire generation of players, me included, obviously.
So many musicians we love are going too early, it's almost unbearable.

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He was such a hero of mine, I'm so sad that he has passed.


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Sad news. Just watched one of his concerts two weeks ago. RIP.

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So sad. One of my heros. Was fortunate to see him with the PMG many years ago. He had such a beautiful / lyrical touch and wonderful conception of the art of music. RIP Lyle.

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RIP Lyle,,,

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Lyle Mays and Pat Metheny had a synergistic effect on each other in their song composition. Metheny wasn't the same without him. Many musicians don't realize what a special talent it takes to be a multi-keyboardist and do it well. Lyle Mays was the best at that.

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I was able to see every Pat Metheny Group tour from First Circle to The Way Up. I also attended many of Metheny’s non-Group shows. There was always something special about the Metheny/Mays connection. Many of us always held out hope that one day they would collaborate again and reunite that special chemistry. Sadly, that can never happen. Also sad that during the past fifteen years we heard very little from Lyle. This is an enormous hole in the world of music. RIP Lyle.

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RIP Lyle. Thank you for exemplifying the highest standards of artistry, dedication and good taste. May others walk in your footsteps to celebrate you. 😢

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Sad, sad day. He was a phenomenal musician. I first experienced Lyle with PMG when I saw them in NYC in '85 at the Pier 84 next to the Intrepid during the First Circle tour. They opened with First Circle and I was transfixed. Lyle's first solo record is still in my listening rotation. The Way Up is a masterpiece.


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This one hits hard... Lyle was/is a definite favorite of mine. Terribly sad.

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He was a very early inspiration! We are fortunate to have his catalogue to listen to.
I loved his first two solo records...interestingly enough, the first one still sounds good today!

That first record really revealed to me who Mr. Mays was. ( In comparison, I thought he sounded more restricted in the Metheny group...)
I played the heck out of all those Metheny and Mays records in 80s and 90s - to the point where I have trouble hearing them with the right ears anymore. Overplayed, possibly?

But Lyle's first solo record (and perhaps "Offramp") still sounds vital and alive today. Thank you so much, Lyle!


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From my Lylecentric playlist for today, a track from an ECM album by Steve Swallow called 'Home'- musical settings for poems by Robert Creeley, with Lyle Mays on synth casting a mood that matches mine today. Sadly this link only works for 'YouTube Premium' subscribers; since I'm a 'regular' guy, I'm taking it on faith that it'll work for those who are paid up.

Next up on my list, 'Imaginary Day' in 5.1 surround. Pretty much an epic experience.

Thanks for the beauty you sent into the world, Mr. Mays.


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Man, that sucks. RIP Lyle, and thank you for the music.


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I got to see The PM Group years back when I was still having afterglow from the main prog era and I was floored by Lyle's fluidity. He also showed me a completely new angle on synths that left a positive impression on my own approach. Anything from ECM always has great inherent worth, but I especially liked his work there. I've never been a huge jazz fan in the usual sense, but I've always been a fan of Lyle. He had a superior musical run worth remembering... and re-playing at home.


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