Keyboardist Lyle Mays, a pioneer of contemporary jazz and a longtime creative partner to guitarist Pat Metheny, recorded the album Fictionary on this day (April 23) in 1992 in New York City. A trio recording, Mays recruited two close personal friends and fellow jazz titans to appear alongside him: drummer Jack DeJohnette and bassist Marc Johnson. Known mostly for his work as a fusion trailblazer, Fictionary reveals a more bop-oriented facet of Mays’ playing; it’s quite possibly his most straightahead recording to date.
(Want more Lyle Mays? Listen to his JAZZIZ podcast interview here.)