Recently relocated to Houston from his former New York stomping grounds, this jazz pianist is wasting little time establishing himself in his new home. His second (and most recent) CD, 2003's Shades of People, showcases his light yet highly skilled work on both originals like the joyously up-tempo "Impromptu and Fantasy" and the laid-back title track. He also adds a touch of the majestic/romantic to the standard "Somewhere," skilled keyboard runs to "I'm Old Fashioned," and sly tempo changes to "After You've Gone." Less successful are his own sometimes flat "Meditation No. 1" and a take on Antonio Carlos Jobim's "Wave," which seems to needlessly jump genres throughout. But overall, this is solid rainy-day/cozy-club jazz, ideal for both background music and serious listening.
This week's performance will showcase Lyddon in a trio format featuring David Craig on bass and Sebastian Whittaker on drums. Both men are also recording artists in their own right, and should make an effective team.