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Shades of People

by Tim Lyddon

"Lyddon combines hands with heart and mind. The Sensibility here is one of enormous breadth encompassing the unearthly beauty of Romantic and impressionistic imaginations, the calssic American song form, and the harmonic innovations of the post- bop era."
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1. Shades of People
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2. After You've Gone
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3. I'm Old Fashioned
4:52 $0.99
4. All the Things You Are
6:09 $0.99
5. Meditation No.1
5:36 $0.99
6. Somewhere
6:56 $0.99
7. Wave
5:41 $0.99
8. I Remember You
6:47 $0.99
9. Impromptu And Fantasy
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"Lyddon combines hands with heart and mind. The sensibility here is one of enormous breadth, encompassing the unearthly beauty of Romantic and Impressionistic Imaginations, the classic American song form, and the harmonic innovations of the post-bop era. "
Larry Nai (ejazznews)

"Tim plays with extraordinary drive, impressive chops, good definition and a spirit which spreads nicely." Cadence Jazz Records

At the age of 9, Tim began studying the piano and listening to jazz. He learned to play the blues . Oscar Peterson, Art Tatum and Bud Powell were early influences which helped to cultivate a natural swing feel. At 16, Tim was a teachers' aide in a local jazz improv class and performed in award winning combos and big bands. A few years later he began studies with pianist Terry Trotter and the "west coast jazz guru", Charlie Shoemake and won "the most dedicated student award."

In 1979, Tim went to perform in Las Vegas with Billboard vocalist Paul Delicato.

In 1982, Tim returned to Losangeles and immersed himself in the jazz scene. He played with Dick Berk, Chuck Flores, Bob Summers, Sam Most, Jon Nagourney and Kim Richmond etc. He led his own trio at Lunaria, Dontes and many other venues. Two recordings were produced which feature original compositions and standards. Bassist Darek Oles (Brad Meldhau) along with drummers Jack Ranelli and Kendall Kay make up the rhythm section. Also, trombonist Roy Wiegand recorded 2 CDs with Tim.

"Trombonist Roy Wiegand (Stan Kenton) is assisted on the album by pianist Tim Lyddon, drummer Jack LeCompte and Dave Stone on bass, a solid rhythm section."
L.A. Jazz Scene

In 1987, Tim began studying arranging from Lyle Murphy. Other students had been Oscar Peterson, Gerald Wiggins and Ted Greene.

In 1994, The Manhattan School of Music granted Tim a scholarship. He became a sub for Harold Danko and taught a jazz combo every semester which included pianists Jason Moran and Cornelius Claudio Kreusch. Studies included Jaki Byard.

The primary focus became the piano trio. He has composed and arranged much music. The trio is New York city based and has performed at Birdland, the Knitting factory, Cornelia St. Café and Internet Café as well as the Deer Head Inn.
"Tims' improvisations show the depth of an exceptionally mature musician." Jaki Byard

"Lyddons' playing is filled with surprises which come from the thoroughness in examining the history of jazz and classical repertoire." Harold Danko

He has played with drummers Eliot Zigmund, Tony Moreno and Jeff Hirschfield along with bassists Tony Marino, Scott Lee and Steve LaSpina.

In January of 2001, Tim released a beautiful CD entitled "I've Traveled So Far". The CD has been well received. It features 8 originals and 2 standards. Joining Tim in the rhythm section are bassist Tom Hubbard and drummer Scott Latsky. Tom has performed with Kenny Barron,Charlie Rouse and Freddy Cole. Scott has recorded and played with guitarists Mundell Lowe and San Salvador. These three musicians have been playing together for several years and have evolved into a very tight unit. The recording represents subtlety, dynamics and interplay which is hard to find in jazz. Also, a mood is created .....a painting , a certain atmosphere. Harmonies from different periods of music are evident here. Dense and Spacious chords reminiscent of Ravel and Debussy contribute to the mixture of genres. At times the trio is influenced by Bill Evans as well as Keith Jarrett. What time is it? has shades of Oscar Peterson and Kenny Barron. I Should Care is influenced by Tommy Flanigan as well. The rhythmic grooves are diverse . In January of 2004, "Shades of People" was released. "All three musicians, Tim Lyddon on piano, Tom Hubbard on bass, and Scott Latzky on drums, have come together again as one entity that reveals just how dynamic an entity can be." says WBGO's Dan Karcher.
There is Tim Lyddon. Uncompromising, different yet understandable

"I've traveled so far is the best jazz piano trio recording in recent years. It's distinctive from everything else." Daniel Karcher - WBGO (Americas' jazz station)

"Tim's' playing is introspective and recalls the late Bill Evans"
Tim Blangger - Morning Call PA

"The pianist has a light touch that allows for a certain resonance, meaning that his lines- often little snippets of pure melody-are flecked with intrigue."
James Macnie - Village Voice



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Jazz Times May 2004

Good to know there's a free spirit out there named Tim Lyddon
Good to know there's a free spirit out there named Tim Lyddon. He's armed with a slightly irreverent sense of musical humor that is sprinkled throughout Shades of People (Essence). It surfaces without warning, but you can rely on its being an integral part of each intro he plays. It's safe to say Lyddon never met a motif he could'nt weave into the fabric of an intro. He does it on all six standards here and each is a delight. They can be classics as disparate as "Somewhere" or "Wave," but they get the same "hidden Lyddon" treatment: suggestions, hints, Proustian remembrances of melodies past.
If Lyddon fits Shelly Manne's definition of a jazz player ( "a musician who can't play the same thing once"), no doubt his intros vary from set to set at live gigs. Drummer Scott Latzky and bassist Tom Hubbard reinforce Lyddon's antics on "After You've Gone" and on "I Remember You" the pianist toys with time and briefly lapses into solo stride. His original works show his Jarrett leanings - both as a player and in song titles ("Meditation #1," and "Impromptu and Fantasy").

- Harvey Siders JT May 2004

Michael C. Bailey

As before, Mr. Lyddon carefully constructs shimmering ballads at both slow and f
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Shades ofPeople Tim Lyddon | Essence Jazz

Track Listing: Shades Of People; After You’ve Gone; I’m Old Fashioned; All The Things You Are; Meditation #1; Somewhere; Wave; I Remember You; Impromptu And Fantasy. Personnel: Tim Lyddon: Piano; Tom Hubbard: Bass; Scott Latzky: Drums. CD Review Search Comparisons to Keith Jarrett are certainly not out of order for pianist Tim Lyddon. Comparison to Bill Evans even withstands muster. However, Mr. Lyddon, while introspective in his playing, is not that introspective. The pianist’s previous recording, I’ve Traveled So Far, was well-received in these pages, and with very good reason. Mr. Lyddon is the member of a growing group of pianists who eschew the blues for ballads and perform the latter with an informed and inspired vision. Besides Jarrett, this group includes Fred Hersch, Lynn Arriale, and the late Tommy Flanagan.Shades of People is the followup to I’ve Traveled So Far, and in many ways it's an obvious continuation of the previous recording. As before, Mr. Lyddon carefully constructs shimmering ballads at both slow and fast tempi that dance like rain on a lake. This image is further promoted by his regular rhythm section, who, with the lightest hands, gently propel Mr. Lyddon’s vision forward. This is no better illustrated than on the disc’s original compositions, partiularly “Meditiation Number 1,” with Tom Hubbard's arco break and Scott Latzky’s understated and accurate percussion.The Leonard Berstein ballad “Somewhere” is given an exquisite trio treatment with the band members acting in empathic unison. Hubbard solos intelligently with Lyddon providing the harmonic underpinning. The best standard is “All the Things You Are,” which is given a bit of a calypso feel by Latzky. Chalk up another superb trio recording from Tim Lyddon. He makes it a pleasure to listen to jazz music.Visit Tim Lyddon on the web. ~ C. Michael Bailey