The Band Lyne – is Tom Lyne’s recent modern jazz quartet and his first UK outing as band leader. Tom turns the attention to song, improvisation and bass, and leads us through a collection of his new compositions. Influence and inspiration comes from modern composers like Wayne Shorter, Dave Holland, and Kurt Weill, while bass players such as Paul Chambers, Charlie Hayden, Meshell Ndegeocello, and Marcus Miller have made their impression.
Tom Lyne went to study music at Montreal’s McGill University where he met Tom Bancroft, who’s individual approach to drumming, composition and improvisation prooved a powerful partner to Tom Lyne’s bass playing and they have worked in numerous ensembles together since. Chick Lyall’s classical piano background and jazz sensibilities form the basis of a great improvisor and interpreter of music. Awarded the Creative Scotland Award in 2004, Chick is also a prolific writer and band leader. Martin Green enters the jazz scene as a highly talented folk accordionist and creative musical personality. His credits (amongst many) include Lau and his own electro-acoustic project The Green Machine, which was the result of recieving the prestigious ‘New Voices’ commission for young composers in 2005. With this diverse and colourful assortment of musical backgrounds, this ensemble came together and provides. the unique sound for the first incarnation of the Band Lyne. The band features Tom Lyne – fender/double bass, Chick Lyall – piano/keyboard, Martin Green – accordion/synthesizer and Tom Bancroft – drums/percussion.