Subsequently, he formed his sextet which regularly performs in the Lake Michigan area. Striving for a breakout, The Message, the group’s third release consists of various styles-bop, Latin with sides echoing Miles and Coltrane.
Doyle’s bandmates are Chris Lawrence, trumpet/fluegelhorn; Steve Talaga, piano/Fender Rhodes; Tom Lockwood, bass; Fred Knapp, drums; and Rob Mulligan, percussion. Doyle and Lawrence stand out in short, concise solos. All contribute mightily to the whole, Mulligan especially on percussion, driving the Latin beat home on many slections.
The boppish "Bragdocious," and "Biting the Apple," both featuring Talaga’s romping piano, making tribute to immortal Bud Powell. On the latter, Lawrence’s rapid-fire trumpet also deserves pointing out. A whistle announces the bossa beat leading into "Sun Samba:" Lawrence's and Doyle's solos are enhanced here by Talaga’s smooth keyboard backup. On "The Undefeated," a delightful calypso rhythm enlivens the jaunty blend of soprano sax, trumpet and keyboard. Doyle, on tenor, shines in "Bragdocious," as he does improvising on "This," acknowledging his debt to Coltrane. Not to be overlooked, "Two Lane Landscapes" and "What Can I do Now?" show trumpeter Lawrence’s lyrical side. This CD delivers proof that Evidence should be heard well beyond Michigan.