Johnny Lytle

Good Vibes

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AllMusic Review by Craig Lytle

The ever-gregarious Johnny Lytle never cared too much for categorizing his music; he just loved to play all kinds, and this album is one of those outings. If he feels a beat or melody, he just goes with it. This can be witnessed on "Aaron's Theme," awhere the vibes master just palpitates his way over the groove. His rendition of the Miles Davis classic "So What" sets the mood for an uptown jazz scene, as Lytle's mallets gently patter the bars of the vibraphone. His steady rhythm is polished by the precise chords and solo of pianist Neal Creque. The Ohioan adds his own flavor to the Peabo Bryson-penned "Turn the Hands of Time." His buoyant take on the pop standard "New York, New York" illuminates with every stroke of the vibraphone, augmented by a bouncy rhythm. Lytle's cool approach to "After Supper," a mellow blues number, is contrasted by Houston Person's wailing saxophone.

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