Boston's Rob Loyot Releases New Rhythm and Soul Album
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With SIDEMAN SEZ, long-time Producer/Multi-instrumentalist and multiple Boston Music Award winner Rob Loyot takes his turn at the mic, delivering a Rhythm and Soul release in the style of Ray Lamontagne and Marc Cohn. The seed for the project was planted almost 15 years ago. As a "sideman" and bandmate for some amazingly talented songwriters over the last 25 years, in bands that played original music almost exclusively, Rob struggled with the fact that some of his favorite songs had never even been recorded. The songs, all borrowed from great songwriters that Loyot has worked with over the years, demonstrate a diverse set of influences from Little Feat's New Orleans gumbo of "Take It Easy Baby" and the Gospel-inflected "Let It Slide" to the Jack Jonhson-esque "Passerby" and even giving a nod to Steely Dan with the dense chord changes of "Sweetest Eyes" and the tight funkiness of "Swing Out West." In short, Sideman Sez is a loving nod to Loyot's own experience as a sideman, and to sidemen in general.
Loyot's 25+ years of experience as a saxophonist/vocalist/percussionist provide the glue that unifies the diverse material on the album, along with a combination of strong melodies and powerful horn lines backed up by a killer rhythm section comprised of long-time New England session players. In particular, Loyot draws heavily on his former bandmates from one of Boston's favorite groups, Entrain, whose members have included such notables as multi-Grammy winner John Cruz, Tom Major (Bo Diddley, South Side Johnny, Mick Taylor), Judd Fuller (Peter Wolf, Rodney Atkins), and Brian Alex (Donna Summer, Missing Persons), giving the album a depth of feel that only comes from veteran players.