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Neamen – Moment Of Truth

Arizona native sax performer Neamen Lyles aka Neamen began his solo career striving to be a smooth jazz star. In this rare case, claim and reality coincide. Recordings and performances with the likes of Jeff Lorber, Rick Braun, Mel Brown, Mindi Abair and sharing events with Dave Koz, Jay Soto, Greg Karrukas and others speak a clear language.

He dispelled all doubts with his debut work So Free (2011), which was highly praised by critics. Now he continues his earlier success and has released his second album Moment Of Truth together with Jay Soto, with whom he also produced his debut album.

Neamen performs on the new album tenor, alto and soprano saxophones, Jay Soto guitars and keyboards. Jay also made mixing and engineering. Additional musicians are Austin Carthell, Rachelle Youngberg, Eric Loveres,  Erika Schiff, Steve Lane and Crystal Stark (lead vocals), Jodi Light (background vocals), Tom Gioia, Marlon McClain (guitars), Mikey B (B3), Mel Brown, Mario Mendivil (bass), Tony Mora, Yon Yokobian (drums and percussion), Rick Peron, Carlos Chavez (trumpet), Bobby Hastings, Bradon Larson (tenor sax) and Hiram Perez (baritone sax).

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Neamen – So Free

Tucson, Arizona is home to this 31-year-old sax star. Once you hear his music, you will hear the influences of such heroes as Eric Marienthal, Gerald Albright and Grover Washington Jr.

He has already shared billing with Dave Koz and on this, his debut CD, he has been able to surround himself with considerable playing and producing talent, including Jay Soto, Jeff Lorber and Mel Brown.

Fans of contemporary jazz sax, especially those who like to get on the dancefloor every so often, will love the bright and breezy opener ‘Candy’. Brian Simpson’s piano solo complements the alto lead lines perfectly. Let’s just say, I have some DJ gigs lined up and this track is going to get some serious rotation! The mood is just as sweet, though mellower, for ‘Let’s Chill’. The hook on the chorus is sublime – Jay Soto has penned a beauty here. Takes me back to the hot summer of ’94, listening to WQCD in Manhattan.

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Neamen – So Free

Having shared concert billing with the likes of Dave Koz and Jay Soto, saxophonist Neamen (pronounced “Nee-Amen”) Lyles is a young recording artist on the rise. If featuring Jeff Lorber, Brian Simpson, Mel Brown, Ray Reindeau and Rayford Griffin on his debut album doesn’t impress, the seamless flow of the tracks in So Free will.

Produced by contemporary jazz favorite Jay Soto, So Free is a carefully crafted experience that reflects an amazingly mature musical palette and is designed to appeal to a wide audience. What makes his sound different from the other young lions on the music scene is Neamen’s unique ability to quickly connect with the heart of the song. “My songs are about hope, excitement, inspiration and fun. My music conveys fun and entertainment that anyone can enjoy, while displaying that I’m a highly skilled musician, creative and full of passion,” said Neamen with his infectious smile.

His earnest approach to the music hasn’t gone unnoticed by reviewers or radio. Tucson Lifestyle proclaimed, “It’s often remarked how close a saxophone sounds to the human voice … and Neamen Lyles can really make the instrument sing.” Adding to the energy, the debut single “Candy” reached the Top 50 on the chart. Additionally, this hardworking musician has recorded music for the beloved “Dr. Who” television show.

The next single to be released for national airplay is the album namesake “So Free,” which is written by Jay Soto and Neamen Lyles. Guest stars include Mel Brown (bass), Anthony Morra (drums) and Jay Soto (guitar, keyboards and programming). The warm tones of Neamen’s saxophone on this uplifting song will inspire you to listen to even more of this phenomenal young talent and is destined to be a radio hit. For more information on Neamen Lyles and So Free, please visit

Source:  Cheryl Hughey Promotions