At the age of 66, American musician Lyle Mays, co-founder and co-composer of the Pat Metheny Group, died. His death took place on Monday, February 10 in Los Angeles after battling a long illness, they reported on the jazz group’s official website. The group’s frontman and guitarist, Pat Metheny, dedicated a few words to him in the published text: “Lyle was one of the greatest musicians I’ve ever known. Over more than 30 years, every moment we shared was special: from the first notes we played together we had an immediate connection.”
One of his former bandmates, Argentine Pedro Aznar, took the time to fire him through social media. The multi-instrumentalist joined the group between 1983-1985 and 1989-1992.” I regret with all my heart the loss of such a fine soul and an unrivalled musician as Lyle Mays. Making music by his side was one of the most beautiful things that gave me life. My love, respect and admiration forever, master,” wrote former Seru Girán on Instagram.
Pat Metheny plans to visit Argentina next March: he will provide two shows, on March 13 and 14 at the Teatro Gran Rex. He will be joined by Antonio Sanchez, Linda May Han Oh and Gwilym Simcock.