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Bobby Lyle Night Fire CD

Bobby Lyle
Night Fire
Soul Brother
Price: £7.99

Track Listing

1. Stop Running Away From Love
2. Da-Ya-Yance (Body Chanting)
3. Gettin’ Into Love
4. Dream Lady
5. Space Place
6. For Love
7. Blues For Scott Joplin
8. Hap-So-Dee
9. Just One Of Those Things

Bobby Lyle is a keyboard legend from the fusion period of jazz in the mid to late 1970s. He was the pianist with Young Holt Unlimited and played with Jimi Hendricks, booked to go on the road with him just ahead of the untimely death. In 1974 he moved to Los Angeles and went on the road with Sly & The Family Stone, and then through dates with Ronnie Laws he met ex-Crusader Wayne Henderson who took him to Capitol Records where this his third iconic album wa released in 1979.

Night Fire represented a slight change in direction for Lyle from his other two Capitol albums. On the first side of the original vinyl LP he adopted a more sophisticated production with five vocal tracks. The second side was totally instrumental with two solo piano tracks. The album was produced by Saxophonist and arranger/producer Trevor Lawrence who had appeared on Stevie Wonder’s epic Songs in The Key Of life album and had produced albums by Joe Farrell and the McCrary’s, and would go on to produce many commercially successful albums by The Pointer Sisters in the early 80s. He brought a new level of sophistication to Lyle’s music with his full on production. The musicians included some top sessions players including Stevie Wonder’s Bassist Nathaniel L Watts, guitarists Michael McGloiry (Finished Touch/Switch) and L Marlo Henderson and Drummer Kenneth Spider Webb Rice. Bobby still tours to this day with artists like George Benson and Anita Baker. – Soul Brother