Remembering Lyle Mays: His Life in Music

Keyboard pioneer and frequent Pat Metheny collaborator Lyle Mays died on February 10 after complications from a long illness. He was 66. A full obituary on this innovative musician can be found here. At JAZZIZ, we like to honor the legacy of departed musicians through the music they left behind, and for that, we turned to JAZZIZ Publisher — and devoted Lyle Mays fan — Michael Fagien. Michael interviewed Lyle for a podcast episode back in 2016, and the interview shed a brand new light on the brilliant and reclusive musician. Here, Michael has put together his favorite Lyle Mays tracks in a playlist that celebrates the artist’s profound impact on jazz. The process, Michael tells us, was as cathartic as it was bittersweet. “I would be my honor to put together this playlist as a tribute to one of my musical heroes,” he said.

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Highland Aire
Lyle Mays
Lyle Mays

September Fifteenth
Pat Metheny, Lyle Mays
As Falls Wichita, So Falls Wichita Falls

Feet First
Lyle Mays
Street Dreams

Bill Evans
Lyle Mays
Fictionary

Ozark
Pat Metheny, Lyle Mays
As Falls Wichita, So Falls Wichita Falls

August
Lyle Mays
Street Dreams

Always and Forever
Bob Curnow’s L.A. Big Band, Bobby Shew, Wayne Bergeron, Alex Iles
Music of Pat Metheny & Lyle Mays

Letter from Home
Pat Metheny Group
Letter from Home

Close to Home
Lyle Mays
Lyle Mays

It’s For You
Pat Metheny, Lyle Mays
As Falls Wichita, So Falls Wichita Falls

Something Left Unsaid
Lyle Mays
Fictionary

Possible Straight
Lyle Mays
Street Dreams

Where Are You from Today
Lyle Mays
Fictionary

Chorinho
Lyle Mays
Street Dreams

Maurizius
Eberhard Weber
Later That Evening

Before You Go
Lyle Mays
Street Dreams

Let Me Count the Ways
Lyle Mays
Solo Improvisations For Expanded Piano

Ascent
Lyle Mays
Lyle Mays

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