Lyle Mays

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Lyle David Mays
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Lyle Mays (November 27, 1953 - February 10, 2020) was an American jazz pianist from Wausaukee, Wisconsin. He is best known for his work with guitarist Pat Metheny as a member of the Pat Metheny Group, in which he collaborated with Metheny in composition and provided arrangements, orchestration and - most remarkably - the complex harmonic and metric backbone of the group's musical signature.
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PAP-25505, ECM 1190 Lyle Mays - As Falls Wichita, So Falls Wichita Falls album art Pat Metheny & Lyle Mays Pat Metheny & Lyle Mays - As Falls Wichita, So Falls Wichita Falls (Album) ECM Records PAP-25505, ECM 1190 Japan 1981 Sell This Version
PRO-A-2227 Lyle Mays - ECM Presents album art Pat Metheny Group, Keith Jarrett, John Abercrombie, Jack DeJohnette, Lyle Mays Pat Metheny Group, Keith Jarrett, John Abercrombie, Jack DeJohnette, Lyle Mays - ECM Presents(LP, Promo, Smplr) ECM Records PRO-A-2227 US 1984 Sell This Version
none Lyle Mays - The Kurzweil 250 A Demonstration album art Paul Heckert, Lyle Mays, Cleve Pozar, John Shykun, Robert Winter, Steve Wyatt, Michael A. Brigida, Lynn Brubaker, Ray Kurzweil, Jerry Landay Paul Heckert, Lyle Mays, Cleve Pozar, John Shykun, Robert Winter, Steve Wyatt, Michael A. Brigida, Lynn Brubaker, Ray Kurzweil, Jerry Landay - The Kurzweil 250 A Demonstration(Cass, Smplr) Raymond Kurzweil Records none US 1985 Sell This Version
GFLC 19193 Lyle Mays - Lyle Mays album art Lyle Mays Lyle Mays (Album) Geffen Records, Metheny Group Productions GFLC 19193 UK 1986 Sell This Version
WBMS 137 Lyle Mays - Interviews With Lyle Mays And Pat Metheny album art Lyle Mays / Pat Metheny Lyle Mays / Pat Metheny - Interviews With Lyle Mays And Pat Metheny(LP, Promo, Transcription) Geffen Records, Metheny Group Productions WBMS 137 US 1986 Sell This Version
WD-0708 Lyle Mays - The Tale Of Peter Rabbit, The Tale Of Mr. Jeremy Fisher & The Tale Of Two Bad Mice album art Beatrix Potter, Meryl Streep, Lyle Mays, Art Lande Beatrix Potter, Meryl Streep, Lyle Mays, Art Lande - The Tale Of Peter Rabbit, The Tale Of Mr. Jeremy Fisher & The Tale Of Two Bad Mice (Album) Windham Hill Records, Rabbit Ears Productions WD-0708 US 1988 Sell This Version
90768 Lyle Mays - Street Dreams album art Lyle Mays Street Dreams (Album) Geffen Records 90768 Argentina 1988 Sell This Version
74041-70756-2 Lyle Mays - East Of The Sun, West Of The Moon album art Max Von Sydow, Lyle Mays Max Von Sydow, Lyle Mays - East Of The Sun, West Of The Moon(CD) Rabbit Ears Productions, BMG Kidz 74041-70756-2 US 1991 Sell This Version
GEC24521 Lyle Mays - Fictionary album art Lyle Mays With Marc Johnson (2) And Jack DeJohnette Lyle Mays With Marc Johnson (2) And Jack DeJohnette - Fictionary (Album) Geffen Records GEC24521 Germany 1993 Sell This Version
WPCR-10692 Lyle Mays - Solo (Improvisations For Expanded Piano) album art Lyle Mays Solo (Improvisations For Expanded Piano) (Album) Warner Bros. Records WPCR-10692 Japan 2000 Sell This Version

Singles & EPs

PRO-S-959 Lyle Mays - It's For You (Edit) album art Pat Metheny & Lyle Mays Pat Metheny & Lyle Mays - It's For You (Edit) ECM Records PRO-S-959 US 1981 Sell This Version
PRO-A-2466 Lyle Mays - Highland Aire album art Lyle Mays Highland Aire(12", Promo) Geffen Records, Metheny Group Productions PRO-A-2466 US 1986 Sell This Version
Soundpage #22 Lyle Mays - Synth Sketch For "Varying Length" album art Lyle Mays / David Frederick Lyle Mays / David Frederick - Synth Sketch For "Varying Length"(Flexi, 7", Promo) Keyboard Magazine Soundpage #22 US 1986 Sell This Version
PRO-CD-3266 Lyle Mays - Feet First  album art Lyle Mays Feet First (CD, Single, Promo) Geffen Records PRO-CD-3266 US 1988 Sell This Version
none Lyle Mays - Eberhard album art Lyle Mays Eberhard (Single) Not On Label (Lyle Mays Self-released) none US 2021 Sell This Version

Miscellaneous

74041-70236-2 Lyle Mays - Moses The Lawgiver album art Ben Kingsley, Lyle Mays Ben Kingsley, Lyle Mays - Moses The Lawgiver(CD) Rabbit Ears Music, BMG Kidz 74041-70236-2 US 1993 Sell This Version

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Expansive09

Expansive09

July 6, 2021
edited 8 months ago
A shame only one post on Discogs for such an amazing talent as Mr. Mays and his contributions to the jazz and jazz crossover world.
Lyle was truly a unique talent brought to Pat Metheny's side in the mid 1970's and forever changing the direction of where jazz "was" supposed to sound like both harmonically and stylistically.
Without a stretch of the imagination Lyle's melodic approach was drawn from the influences of the late Bill Evans, rich is lyricism and dare I say hooks that embed deep into the listeners subconscious. Not only was Lyle's approach to the piano so astoundingly gentle and heartfelt but he also embraced technology bringing those nuance and textured atmospheres to the Pat Metheny Group that would forever forge decades of memorable music on the ECM and Geffen labels.
Lyle's approach to the Oberheim synthesizer and later Synclavier would be the genesis of such epic PMG albums like As Falls Witchita Falls, Offramp finally the monumental Brazilian influenced Still Life Talking taking the tech and live musicianship onto the steps of Mt. Zeus and beyond (how can an album from 1986 still sound so fresh today)! I'd like to also highlight the debut solo release from Lyle Mays from 1986 albeit more subtle, mellow, ambient however the sinuous melodic statements synthesizer textures are are unlike anything out at that time period and to date still sounds rewarding to the curious set of ears. Lyle May's was a gift to the music world let's thank the cosmos for gifting us his legacy of transcendent music contributions for future generations to appreciate..
Ajapanagamanas

Ajapanagamanas

June 4, 2021
It's been a while now, but nevertheless, may Lyle Mays live forever! The truly unique lyrical style to his music shaped the understanding of what beauty contained within melodies -as well as sound- could be for us countless admirers of his work through the times! Bringing to life the heart of the piano, the depth of the synthesizer.
May these silly words of mine pay a little Discogs homage to his artistic legacy. We will always love you!

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