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by Robert Tye

Sophisticated improvisations and deep grooves, featuring a heavyweight band led by this new acclaimed guitarist
Genre: Jazz: Modern Creative Jazz
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2. The So-Called
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3. It's A Living
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4. Longing
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5. Mad Bad Dangerous To Know
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6. Bossie
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Album Notes
"Living" is the latest CD from respected guitarist and
composer Robert Tye. It grooves with abandon, digging
deep into the modern jazz vernacular, and celebrates
life in this changing world.

Robert Tye studied with legendary classical and studio
guitarist Joe Fava in Detroit, where he was encouraged
to follow his natural affinity toward improvisational music.
His influences include Django Reinhardt, Wes Montgomery,
Pat Martino, Kenny Burrell, and Freddie King.

Tye's first release, "Virtues of the Well" (Corridor Records),
was highly anticipated and well received. "Tye, an obviously
skilled musician with many loves and influences, shines brightly
on this overdue project," wrote the All Music Guide. The
Jazz Review said, "Without a doubt one of the more
promising jazz guitarists to come about on the scene."
"This is music on a highly intellectual level but
with a deep groove," said Jazz Guitar Online. The
National Public Radio Music Source has named
"Virtues Of The Well" a "Must Have."

In live performances Robert Tye has shared the stage
with some of the biggest names in jazz: Steps Ahead,
Earl Klugh, Maynard Ferguson, Stanley Clarke, Randy
Brecker, Bela Fleck, Sir Roland Hanna, John Blake, Eddie
Daniels, David Leibman, Branford Marsalis, Michael
Brecker, and Mike Stern, to name just a few. He has
also performed with such smooth jazz artists as Bob James,
Warren Hill, Peter White, Alexander Zonjic, Angela Bofill,
Kirk Whalum, Marion Meadows, Larry Carlton, Lee Ritenour,
Jeff Golub, and Chieli Minucci, Motown superstars Martha
Reeves and The Funk Brothers, and R&B/roots artists
Bonnie Raitt, Katie Webster, Earl King, and Terrance Simien,
gospel producer Fred Hammond, and actor Jeff Daniels. Tye
is also a longstanding member of organist Lyman Woodard's

The principal guitarist for the Detroit Symphony
Orchestra, Tye has worked with Erich Kunzel, Neeme
Jarvi, Jan-Pascal Tortelier, Angel Romero, and Bill Conti. He
has also worked with the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra, the
Detroit Symphony Jazz Quintet, the Michigan Opera Theater,
and the Monte Carlo Ballet. He is a founding member of avant
classicists New Music Detroit, featuring members of the DSO.

A first-call session musician, Robert Tye is very much in
demand these days, having mastered not only the electric,
acoustic, and 12-string guitars, but also the fretless, slide,
and baritone guitars, the tenor banjo, dobro, and mandolin.
Tye has lent his sound and touch to thousands of TV and radio
commercials for companies such as Nike, BF Goodrich, Kellogg's,
Whirlpool, Meijer, Arby's, and auto companies Chrysler, BMW,
Ford, GM, Volvo, and Hyundai.

Tye has received over thirty nominations at the Detroit Music
Awards (in Jazz, Classical, and Rock categories). He has taken top
honors for Outstanding Jazz Composer and Outstanding Jazz
Recording, adding to his six previous awards. He has been a
contributing writer for Guitar World magazine, and he was a semi-
finalist in the Independent Music World Series in 2004, competing
against mostly pop artists.

Robert Tye continues to contribute to the rich tradition of jazz
by adding his own modern twist, inspiring a new generation of
composers and music enthusiasts.

Described by the artist as "a sort of love letter to Kenny Burrell and
Freddie King," the CD uses funky jazz as a starting point for group
interplay and extended improvisations, while showcasing memorable
melodies and catchy grooves. The newest CD from Robert Tye,
"Living" is a joyous celebration of the music of our times - funky and
playful, deeply emotional; profoundly timely, yet remaining timeless.

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DeVeaux Gauger

An excellent work of refreshingly innovative instrumental guitar
One of my musical passions is guitar instrumental albums. Guitarists that are able to weave a tapestry, tell a story and invoke emotions with no vocals are truly masters of their craft. Every so often, I listen to a work that presents the guitar instrumental album in a refreshing and masterful way. Robert Tye’s LIVING is one of those albums.

Tye builds on the achievement of his solo album, VIRTUES OF THE WELL, which I also highly recommend and is listed on the Public Radio Music Source as a “Must Have” CD. But where VIRTUES is more of a traditional jazz guitar format, LIVING allows us a full taste of Tye’s musical breadth. He applies guitar elements of jazz, rock, and classical, seamlessly combining them with a variety of rhythms and styles contributed from the collaborating musicians.

LIVING has three elements that make it a great musical work.

One: Robert Tye’s guitar playing. He uses the full range of the instrument, playing up and down the neck and using single notes, two strings and chords in combinations that capture the moment of each phrase in the song. In addition, he coaxes the full tonal capacity out of the instrument and amplifier to achieve a unique sound that ranges from edgy to silky subtle. Most important, Tye knows when not to play. He isn’t the type of guitarist who feels the need to blast out notes to show his adeptness. He understands the theme of each song and balances playing with space, and allows the other instruments to have their time in the spotlight.

Two: song composition and style. Every song on this album has exquisite song writing, top to bottom. Each song is an individual story told by the musicians, with multiple chapters. This goes beyond just playing the notes within the rhythm backdrop, but instead uses all the elements of each player to create a song arrangement. Songs will change directions, exploring side streets and alleys and then find their way back to the main boulevard. In addition, the collection of songs encompasses a wide range of styles that Tye explores in great depth. This album has plenty of “jazz guitar” components, but he draws on all the elements of his diverse career to treat the listener to sounds from around the world and across the musical spectrum.

Three: outstanding musicians. This is a prime example of the whole being greater than the sum of the parts. All the players contribute on each song, truly a group effort. The full sound this group is able to achieve with the number of players is amazing. Musicians on each song range from a trio format to using piano, organ, sax and flute to enhance the song composition. It’s hard to describe, but you can hear sounds that aren’t actually being played. On certain songs, you can pick up a “latin” rhythm flavor even though no latin percussion is present.

LIVING will treat you to a journey through many tempos, styles and intensities. From the haunting “Dusk” to the hoppin’ “Bossie”, Tye takes us on a musical ride through multiple musical genres. “Mad Bad Dangerous to Know” is alone worth the price of the CD, truly a masterpiece. Here, Tye pulls out all the stops and manages to integrate guitar elements of Robben Ford, Pat Metheny and Wes Montgomery all in one composistion. It isn’t that he copies trademark licks from these artists, no. Rather he integrates their thematic elements of style, sound and composition into something that is all Robert Tye. The drumming and bass guitar work are equally outstanding and are what ultimately take the song from good to great. The electric bass has a wonderfully thick tone so you can really feel the bottom end, and the drumming is masterful. This is one of the examples where you get a subtle sense of latin rhythms without any congas or timbales.

I place this album in the same upper echelon as some of my favorite guitar instrumental albums: Robben Ford’s TIGER WALK, Derek Trucks’ SOUL SERENADE and Pat Metheny’s BRIGHT SIZE LIFE. I can only hope the listening world at large will get a chance to enjoy this album as much as I have! Don’t miss out!

Richard Hassebrock

Robert is an excellent guitarist with unique style!
I am not a typical jazz fan and only have a few jazz records in my collection, and those few I have are typically of guitarists. As a guitarist myself I love to hear what other musicians are able to coax from the instrument. On this record Robert plays with such talent he makes me want to put my guitar away into the closet. I am so hopelessly far below this level of talent. This record also showcases the unusually good tone of Robert's instruments. As one who dabbles in the quest for good tone it is especially satisfying to hear to the incredilbly good guitar tones on this record. Something I rarely hear in jazz guitar. If you appreciate the difficulty in not only getting good tone, but in capturing it in a recording, you need to get this CD!

Phil Micheal

What else could it be?
I have known Robert for longer than either one of us would admit out in public, and over the years he still continues to amaze me as a truly consumate musician. This recording is only one minute diamond-faceted tip of the "genius iceberg" present in this man. I am honored and humbled to call him friend, and the times I have worked with him over the years have been some of the best.

Debi Biffle

Awesome "real" jazz; great road listening!
My husband and I saw, heard, met Robert Tye at the King Brewery in Pontiac, Michigan. After hearing his sytle, we had to have the CD. It's a compellation of real jazz; not what's passed off as jazz today. Every tune is great. We both spend a lot of time on the road, and this CD is a necessity for sanity! Incredible listening - thanks!