It wouldn't really be fair to describe Chick Lyall as the hermit of Scottish jazz. The pianist does have a tendency to drop off the radar, though, and each time he reappears it's clear that he hasn't been idle. Lyall has high pianistic standards to maintain and these were apparent here, as were the kind of compositions – and in one case an arrangement – that, while they may have come together at short notice, suggested long spells on some back-burner of the imagination.
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