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Essence Jazz

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Marty Kahn
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Tim Lyddon
42 Diamond St. #16
Brooklyn, NY
718 389-6496


When you're a radio host, quite a number of recordings pass over your desk.  Sometimes to a point, the recordings get diluted in the mix as a rather high stack of CDs
await their attention.
All things begin equal of course, when you're a musician, quite a number of scores pass your way as well.  And much of those get diluted in the high stack of tunes and
melodies awaiting attention.  That is not to say any one is less important than another.   It is simply a case of quantity, and often information overload.
Work with me here, I'm getting to the point.
This is something we can all identify with.  You, the reader, likely experience the same.  A restaurateur sees one plate of food after another, day by day.   A bookseller
sees volumes and volumes of literature each and every day.    A real-estate agent walks through multitudes of homes each and every day.
No matter the career, no matter the environment, this is something we all experience in our individual lives.
And within that individuality emerges an individual recording such as Tim Lyddon's
Shades of People, something that stood out amongst the pile of CDs awaiting my
Oh, I'll get to them all.  But for now, Shades of People seems to have arrested my attention more-so than usual, and may do so for some time.  My apologies in advance to
the other recordings of course.
Shades of People is meant to be listened to, not heard as background trio music. All filmmakers and restaurateurs should avoid this recording, lest the beauty of the music distract your audience away from the film's plot, or from the taste of an evening meal.  I recall listening  whereas I continuously  wandered to the disc player, adjusted the volume ("up"), and pressed the rewind button.
Lyddon's music had my attention. And attention it (Shades of People) deserves. 
  Once again, Lyddon has teamed up with Tom Hubbard on the bass and Scott Latzky on drums, the previous recording being Tim Lyddon's "I've Traveled So Far."   Together this trio perform tunes sometimes loud, sometimes soft, yet always powerful.  Some of them may be familiar in their composition, but never in their inspiration, which is as individual as the artists who perform it.
Some of the compositions aren't so familiar, with Lyddon premiering three new works of his own design: the title track, Shades of People, to Meditation #1, to Impromptu and Fantasy.
There is a certain comfort in the opening title track, Shades of People.   Was it that I was raised in the Guaraldi generation?  Or that Lyddon had a method to his madness in naming it Shades of People?  Is Tim Lyddon that perceptive to the shades of people?
It would appear he is.
After You've Gone opens with an aggressive and swinging energy that soon      reveals a melodic release of the tune's body.   After You've Gone also releases the impact of  just how in sync with each other a trio can be, yet still manage to improvise within a seemingly endless boundary of notes.