The final recording by Lyle Mays, best known as a founding member of the Pat Metheny Group, will be posthumously released on Aug. 27.

The Grammy-winning pianist and keyboardist died in February of 2020 following a long battle with a recurring illness.

In the months before his passing, Mays completed a final work called Eberhard, a 13-minute, multi-section “mini symphony” dedicated to German bass player Eberhard Weber.

Mays first composed the piece in 2009 for the Zeltsman Marimba Festival and finally recorded it 10 years later with a slate of notable names including guitarist Bill Frisell, drummer Alex Acuña and saxophonist Bob Sheppard.

Weber had a significant influence on Mays and his long-time collaborator Pat Metheny during the mid-1970s and throughout both of their careers. Mays and Weber recorded together on two occasions.

“Though he called it his ‘humble tribute’ to Eberhard, it is still 100 per cent Lyle in every way,” said Steve Rodby, bass player of the Pat Metheny Group and Mays’ best friend, who did double duty on this recording as co-associate producer and acoustic bassist.