David Lyttle, Faces (LR030)
(23/2/15, album, CD, download)
David Lyttle (vocals, keyboards, cello, bass, drums, percussion, producer)
Rhea Lyttle, Anne Lyttle, Duke Special, Cleveland Watkiss, Natlie Oliveri (vocals)
Talib Kweli, Homecut, Illspokinn, Zane (rap)
Joe Lovano, Jean Toussaint, Tom Harrison (saxophones)
Meilana Gillard (saxophone, clarinets, flutes, arranger), Michael Buckley (flute)
Jan Hutchinson (violin), Jason Rebello, Duke Special (piano), John Leighton (organ)
Eoin Walsh (guitar), Keith Duffy (bass, guitar)
"...sophisticated and sharp...one of the best, robust listening experiences you're likely to have all year." - Dave DiMartino, Rolling Stone
"...infectious...hypnotic, soulful and terrifically rhythmic. One of the most inventive Irish releases of the year." - Hot Press
"...ambitious in its distillation of folk and urban, acoustic and electric, pop, jazz and rap sources...huge variety in sound and tone...Lyttle achieves musical coherence all the same—an impressive achievement..." - Jazzwise
"New Orleans funk, uber-catchy pop and gospel-tinged soul rubbing shoulders with smouldering jazz improvisation and contemporary urban rhythms and vocals...Potentially the feel-good cross-over album of the year." - All About Jazz

MOBO and UMA nominated David Lyttle began performing professionally at the age of four in his family folk group and has gone on to be described by premier Irish music magazine Hot Press as a 'one-man industry' for his work as a performer, songwriter, producer and record label owner. His activities are diverse and his third solo album Faces is no exception, with collaborators including hip hop visionary Talib Kweli, Irish music star Duke Special, Grammy winning jazz icon Joe Lovano and forward-thinking British vocalist Cleveland Watkiss. It follows the successes of 2011's Interlude, which was championed by MOBO ('exceptional') and BBC Radio 1's Introducing, and included live excursions to Los Angeles' historic Hotel Café venue, London Jazz Festival and Sligo Jazz Festival, where David double billed with Gilles Peterson.

Written and produced over the course of a year with trips to New Orleans, Hawaii and California for inspiration, Faces was recorded in New York, London, Dublin and Lyttle's country studio in Northern Ireland. It blends soul, hip hop, jazz and pop, with Lyttle appearing as producer, instrumentalist, singer and co-writer with his twelve featured performers. He's made return calls to key Interlude guests, including his sister Rhea and mother Anne, plus rappers Homecut and iLLspokinN, and bassist Keith Duffy of The Corrs. Two important signees to Lyte Records feature alongside new and underground talent, including soul singer Natalie Oliveri, Irish hip hop artist Zane, and rising jazz stars Meilana Gillard and Tom Harrison.

2015 has been David's biggest year yet, with recent nominations in the MOBO Awards and Urban Music Awards for Best Jazz, major live appearances and new media fans like Rolling Stone magazine's Dave DiMartino, BBC's Lauren Laverne, J-Wave Japan's Andy Pompilio, Jazz FM's Chris Philip's and RTÉ Radio 1's John Creedon.

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