Bobby Lyle – 1977 – The Genie
A holy grail of soul funk jazz, incredible vibes, rhythms, a record you must have in your collection.
Keyboard wizard Bobby Lyle’s Classic Jazz funk album from 1977, includes the brilliant inventive title track ‘The Genie’ an all time classic, that goes through many changes but retains its groove throughout. . His version of his own beautiful track ‘Night Breeze’ previously recorded by Ronnie Laws is another highlight. ‘Mother Nile’ is a mystical track with a deep rhythm structure, and ‘Pieces’ is a lovely dreamy mid tempo track. The more up tempo ‘Magic Ride’ and atmosphere’ You Think Of Her’ feature Bobby’s deep vocals. Great Jazz Funk album.
A1 The Genie 5:53
A2 Magic Ride 5:34
A3 Pisces 5:17
A4 I’m So Glad (And I’m Thankful) 3:20
B1 You Think of Her 6:49
B2 Night Breeze 6:06
B3 Mother Nile 6:50
B4 I Didn’t Know What Time It Was 1:35
If I should be so bold as to list an album hall of fame then this one would sit right up high on that list. This is the type of music I could just listen to for hours on end and never tire of. There’s so much musical goodness involved that it’s like the aural equivalent of eating your greens. This is another masterpiece put out by Capitol during there phenomenal rare-groove period, and of the stuff of I’ve heard from that period this album is one of the finest.
The Genie, like a few of Capitol’s other rare-groove releases, is a fantastic blend of soulful grooves, jazz-funk, fusion and dare I say even a touch of dance floor friendliness. The keyboard work on here really is magical and quite often slips into that beautiful hypnotic zone that electronic keys can when they are played so well. There’s a message on the back of this album from Bobby Lyle saying “May the love, and energy which flowed throughout this session reach through the music and touch you, the listener, and somehow make your life more joyful”, well it certainly did for me.