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Alvin "Red" Tyler
Age 72
Natural Causes
April 3, 1998
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            Saxophonist Alvin "Red" Tyler is known to R&B historians as a member of the legendary New
            Orleans rhythm section that played on hit records by Little Richard and countless others. It was a
            surprise to the jazz world, then, to hear another side of Red on this album of exquisite modern
            jazz compositions (almost all written by Red for this recording), supported by a band of many of
            the best players in New Orleans. Johnny Adams' vocal on "I'll Only Miss Her When I Think of
            Her" is a perennial radio favorite.
            ". . . Tyler seems to be playing better than ever. In any case, it's the listener that
            comes out a winner." --Milwaukee Journal

            "This album shows Tyler's sweetness, complexity and depth. Tyler still plays
            what he wants, fantastically." --Evening Sun

            "Had he been in the right place etc., Tyler would have made classic Blue Notes.
            Instead he was part of the mostly overlooked New Orleans group of modernists
            which included Ed Blackwell, Alvin Batiste and Ellis Marsalis. His writing and
            playing reveal the controlled, pastel quality of Wayne Shorter's work, informed by
            New Orleans' rhythmic pragmatism and Tyler's obvious interest in new
            harmonies and structures." --Musician

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Alvin on Rounder Records: "Graciously"
 

 
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