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Lyle Mays RIP

Discussion in 'music' started by blackholesun, Feb 11, 2020.

  1. blackholesun

    blackholesun peace among worlds


    R.I.P. Lyle Mays (1953-2020)

    It is with great sadness that we have to report the passing of our friend and brother, Lyle Mays (1953-2020). He passed today in Los Angeles after a long battle with a recurring illness, surrounded by loved ones.

    Pat Metheny: “Lyle was one of the greatest musicians I have ever known. Across more than 30 years, every moment we shared in music was special. From the first notes we played together, we had an immediate bond. His broad intelligence and musical wisdom informed every aspect of who he was in every way. I will miss him with all my heart.”

    Steve Rodby: “I had the great privilege of having Lyle in my life for decades, as an inspiration and as my friend. As anyone who knew him and his music will agree, there will only be one Lyle, and we all will continue to appreciate his soulful brilliance, in so many ways.”

    His beloved niece, Aubrey Johnson: “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.”

    At this time, there are no details regarding a memorial service. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that contributions be made to the Caltech Fund.
  2. misterc6

    misterc6 Wasted and wounded, it ain’t what the moon did

    Another sad loss at too young an age. I'm going to be playing some of his stuff today starting with Joni Mitchell's 'Shadows and Light' which is never far from the turntable.
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  3. irons1965

    irons1965 pfm Member

    Oh no such terrible news.
    Had his first album on this weekend gone, fantastic musician and such an important part of PMG.
    Lyle Mays RIP
  4. claire.foxx

    claire.foxx Trans lives matter

    Street Dreams has been a perennial favourite of mine for decades, this is a sad loss. The whole of that LP is contemporary jazz gold. I cannot imagine how his liquid playing inside and around Pat Metheny Group live can be done by another. The world changes a little bit today, and not for the better.
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  5. madscientist

    madscientist pfm Member

    Very sad RIP Lyle
  6. Taff63

    Taff63 pfm Member

    Great album.
    Love 'American Garage' and 'Witchita' with the PMG. A very sad loss.
  7. Engels

    Engels pfm Member

    He gets accused of having a tendency to create over-sugary melodies and harmonies which is a valid point, but Metheny stuck with him for so long that he must have been doing something right.

    My favourite track of PMG is "James" from "Offramp" which he and Pat wrote and that vinyl will definitely be spinning tonight
  8. Ponty

    Ponty pfm Member

    Oh no, really sad news. Will give ‘Travels’ a spin later, one of my favourite albums.

    RIP Lyle
  9. Paul Mc

    Paul Mc pfm Member

    I love his work on the early Pat Metheny albums - how sad.
  10. Wine Man

    Wine Man Member

    How very sad, I had no idea he was ill. I have loads of Metheny Band stuff from that era. 'As Falls Wichita' will be played here in his memory accompanied with a raised glass of red, RIP Lyle.
  11. Aural

    Aural Chris the Full Range fan

    to see the man in action.
  12. irons1965

    irons1965 pfm Member

  13. SamS

    SamS pfm Member

    Very sad news RIP.
    I saw The PM Group in NYC at Radio City Music Hall in the late 80's. Stunning show in a beautiful venue.
    I'm listening to First Circle as I recall they started that show by marching down the aisles towards the stage while playing Forward March
    on marching band instruments. A real crowd pleaser.
  14. Fuller

    Fuller pfm Member

    So sad to hear of Lyle's passing. A truly brilliant musician.
    I was lucky enough to see him perform in London with PMG in 1987, '89, '95, '98, 2002 and '05. All truly memorable concerts, especially 1987 and 2002.
    Would have been great if he had hooked up with Pat again - and some more reflection from Pat here :-
    RIP Lyle.
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  15. Colin L

    Colin L pfm Member

    Very sad. I played Street Dreams earlier tonight and just found out the news. It is a terrific album, and Fictionary is an outstanding album also. Another great artist gone.
  16. Seeker_UK

    Seeker_UK Waiting for the streetcar..

    I gave his first solo album a spin today and need to get a copy of 'Street Dreams' on CD.

    His finest moment though, IMHO, is the album with Pat and Naná Vasconcelos 'As Falls Wichita, So Falls Wichita Falls'. An essential ECM album.
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  17. Ponty

    Ponty pfm Member

    Just listening to PMG The Road To You (live album). Astonishing work Lyle. RIP.
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  18. Seeker_UK

    Seeker_UK Waiting for the streetcar..

    And if playing keys wasn't enough, here's Lyle playing guitar (synth) as well.

  19. crystalref

    crystalref pfm Member

    Very sad news! RIP Lyle and thank you for the music!

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