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Island To Island

by Greg Lyons

Melodic fusion of Brazilian, Cuban and other ethnic elements with contemporary jazz
Genre: Jazz: World Fusion
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Hermeto's Lunch Box
7:16 $0.99
2. Summer Arrival
6:13 $0.99
3. Out From The Shadows
7:10 $0.99
4. Waltz For June
6:21 $0.99
5. Suraya
6:47 $0.99
6. Heart Of Stone
6:25 $0.99
7. Island To Island
7:12 $0.99
8. Child Of The Forest
8:46 $0.99
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Album Notes
Greg Lyons was born in Tynemouth, England, on the 11th of August 1958. His musical explorations began early, influenced by his parents' love of jazz and classical music, but did not become the focus of his energies until he discovered rock music via the bass guitar at the age of 13.

After working his way through the rock and R&B repertoire of the 70's he rediscovered jazz through the music of Weather Report. This gradually pulled him towards the saxophone to which he switched while living in Germany in the late 70's. He attended Berklee College of Music in Boston, USA and returned to London in 1983 where he started working with bands such as Grand Union, Loose Tubes, and quartets/quintets under his own direction.

In 1984, a year in the Canary Islands started a long-standing relationship with all things Latin, leaving him with a strong affinity for Brazilian and Latin music that has pervaded his subsequent work. Back in London he worked with El Sonido de Londres, Sambatucada, Roberto Pla, touring with Cuban exiles Alfredo Rodriguez, Patato Valdes and Bebo Valdez (father of Chucho).

He continued to lead his own bands in London until his move to Malaysia in 1993 where he was one of the founders of the fusion band Face First who recorded their debut album in 1996, produced by Eric Marienthal and distributed internationally by Universal.

He began his teaching activities in 1995 at the International College of Music in Kuala Lumpur, where he began to nurture a new generation of composer/improvisers. He now teaches mainly privately but continues to perform and teach in masterclasses around the world. His strengths are in his ear-training approach to building an improviser's vocabulary, and a melodic approach to jazz harmomy and writing.

In his years in South East Asia, he has written for and led bands ranging in size from trios to 19-piece big bands. He has recorded a well-received CD "Island To Island" with his quintet, and is in the process of completing a CD featuring his 9-piece ensemble. His regular collaborators in the region include drummer Lewis Pragasam, percussionist Steve Thornton, pianists Michael Veerapen, Mac Chew, Mei Sheum and Michael Stanton, bassists Christy Smith and Andy Peterson, singer Angelita Li, and guitarist Eugene Pao. Others that he occasionally brings into the mix include Finnish pianist Jarmo Savolainen, British trumpeter Damon Brown, and US guitarist Randy Bernsen.

Others with whom he has performed include: Toninho Horta, Billy Cobham, Eric Marienthal, Phil Manzanera, Radio Futura, Siti Nurhaliza, Lee Hom, Sheila Majid, Terumasa Hino



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Julian Chan

Awesome CD... powerful compositions and arrangements, and a stellar performance, from Greg and not to mention, musicians who are the cream of the crop from South East Asia!! Greg writes and plays with a diverse influence - from jazz, and other genres from other parts of the world... all that creates the Greg Lyons sound! A must have!

Pammy Dini

Island to Island
I saw Greg playing in Bristol and was completely overjoyed to hear such fabulous Jazz being played of course I bought this CD and I absolutely thrilled by his musicianship. You will not be disappointed with this masterly crafted CD. If you love MIles Coltrane or any of the giants of Jazz you will love this.

Eddie Wen

Unique sound & Idea.......
I never heard stuff like this in any other albums, to me this is unique. I hear Jazz & latin influence together, plus some asian taste.. is hard to discripe it... you'll know what I mean once you got one, I'm sure you'll like it.

Rob Hughes

Great album, melodic compositions that really groove and say something. Fantastic band, Lyons has an unique tenor sound quite with a very strong technique, the blend really works. Keep it up dude.