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Jon Neudorf
Sea of Tranquility, August 2016

Here is a kick ass live album for you—The Ludwigsburg Concert by the Lyle Mays Quartet recorded on November 14, 1993 at Scala, Ludwigsburg, Germany.

Great music and great sound quality makes this concert a must have for jazz fans across the board. Do yourself a favour and dig in. © 2016 Sea of Tranquility Read complete review

Jeff Tamarkin
JazzTimes, July 2016

Given his below-the-radar status, the emergence of any previously unheard Mays music of significance is a treat. This new set is not newly recorded—it documents a 1993 concert in Germany—but it’s a treasure… © 2016 JazzTimes Read complete review

Mark Holston
Jazziz Magazine, June 2016

…Mays, along with his quartet [deliver] a program of alternatingly robust and introspective readings that shimmer with seemingly effortless virtuosity. © 2016 Jazziz Magazine

Grego Applegate Edwards
Gapplegate Music Review, May 2016

…an all-acoustic gathering with Lyle playing the piano, Marc Johnson on bass, Bob Sheppard on tenor and Mark Walker on drums. The compositions are by Lyle and the band embarks on an evening of the sort of music you might expect, contemporary jazz with some jazz-rock overtones, but then also plenty of room for Lyle’s piano improvising and Bob Sheppard’s extended tenor-soprano stylings. The rhythm section is very solid and foundational, an important part of how things moved forward that night.

…very good, very nice to hear, very much indicative of Lyle the contemporary jazz artist. © 2016 Gapplegate Music Review Read complete review

Chris M Slawecki
All About Jazz, May 2016

[Mays’] introductory solo sounds comfortable and sturdy, inviting the listener to both relax and listen, and immediately illustrates why Mays and Metheny played together so excellently and for so long: They both play jazz with an easy, almost casual sound that welcomes, not challenges, the listener, rendering clear melodies in warm, full tones. © 2016 All About Jazz Read complete review

Ken Franckling
Ken Franckling’s Jazz Notes, April 2016

…includes eight Mays originals plus “Au Lait” a tune co-written with Metheny. Highlights: The opener, “Fictionary,” a 24-minute gem that begins with an extended piano solo before the band adds more exuberance, the edgy “Either Ornette,” the pensive ”Lincoln Reviews His Notes,” the spirited “August” and “Are We There Yet?” …It’s a rare thing to hear Mays playing acoustic piano. That makes this set even more special. © 2016 Ken Franckling’s Jazz Notes Read complete review

The Absolute Sound, April 2016


Passages where Mays plays solo piano in a stream-of-consciousness style provide contrast to the tight arrangements of the quartet, which boasts the first-rate rhythm section of Marc Johson on bass and Mark Walker on drums. © 2016 The Absolute Sound

Jeff Simon
The Buffalo News, February 2016

History is being made on this disc. No one has ever heard Lyle Mays play this way before on a two-disc set. That’s because this, we are told, is the only “legal recording of the Lyle Mays Quartet.” …a rare and beautifully recorded presentation of a musician’s doing what few wanted or needed him to do exclusively before and doing it far more brilliantly than anyone might have expected. This, all on its own, was a first-class jazz quartet that should have had a longer recording life. © 2016 The Buffalo News Read complete review

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