Song of the Day: Bobby Lyle, “Poinciana”

Jazz pianist/organist Bobby Lyle turns 79 today. He got his first major break when he joined former Ramsey Lewis Trio members Isaac "Redd" Holt and Eldee Young in Young-Holt Unlimited. He met Jimi Hendrix in 1970 and was to be in a jazz-rock group with Hendrix, bassist Willie Weeks, and drummer Bill Lordan, but Hendrix died before that materialized. "Poinciana" is from his 2006 album Hands On.

10 thoughts on “Song of the Day: Bobby Lyle, “Poinciana”

  1. I didn’t know that about this man and Hendrix. I bet Hendrix would have mutated his work gone the Jazz or blues way. We will never know


    1. I used to think that Hendrix was all about the noise and setting guitars on fire, but he was an impressive musician who probably could do whatever he wanted to. He and Terry Kath from Chicago were a sort of mutual admiration society; I bet hearing the two of them jamming together would have really been something.


  2. It sounds great John…I think Hendrix would have drifted to jazz if he would have lived…or jazz fusion.


  3. First heard while having a coke and a smoke with an “older woman” in the student union of the University of Northern Colorado in 1958. I don’t remember the woman, but I’ll never forget the music.


      1. Actually, the date is wrong, It was 1961; not 1958. I was a high school senior, and she was a college sophomore. At the time, things didn’t get much more exciting than that. I am sure you’ve been there.


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