The Lloyd Ryan Big Band, Drivin' Force (LR012)
(16/1/12, album, CD, download)
Matt Wates, Andy Mac, Bob Sydor, Vasilis Xenopolous, Simon Bates (saxophones)
J.P. Gervasoni, Henry Amberg-Jennings, Steve Fishwick, Paul Jordanous (trumpets)
Patrick Johns, Tim Smart, Adrian Fry, Nathan Gash (trombones)
Geof Castle (piano) Rob Statham (bass)
Lloyd Ryan (drums)
"Lloyd's drums are smooth and punchy. A big band performance sparked by his immaculate drumming." Rhythm
"Top band, The Lloyd Ryan Big Band. Drivin' Force, it's extraordinarily good."
Jazz FM

Drummer Lloyd Ryan has had an exciting career spanning nearly four decades. Though known as a specialist in the big band style of drumming, having worked extensively with the Ken Mackintosh, Ray Ellington, Bob Miller and Edmundo Ros Big Bands, he has also backed Matt Munro, Tony Christie, Cilla Black, Brotherhood of Man and The Platters. Ryan is also one of the few British drummers who worked alongside the legendary Buddy Rich, as his support act at the Lewisham Jazz Festival in 1986. Regarded as a prolific educator, many of Ryan's students have gone on to achieve international success, including Phil Collins, Derrick McKenzie (Jamiroquai), Nick Simms (Cornershop), Graham Broad (Tina Turner) and Ralph Salmins (Robbie Williams). Drivin' Force is the realisation of a life-long ambition to record a big band album and a desire to introduce the genre to a new audience. Using mostly first takes, it features some of Britain's finest soloists and section players.

1. Moondance
2. I Wish I Knew
3. Norwegian Wood
4. Funtime
5. Mercy Mercy Mercy
6. You Gotta Try
7. Ice Castles
8. The Creep
9. Groovin Hard
10. Big Swing Face
11. Cute
12. One For Monk
Click here to preview Drivin' Force on YouTube.
Price: 11.99 (inc. international shipping)