The Very Best of Spyro Gyra

The Very Best of Spyro Gyra

by Spyro GyraSpyro Gyra




Although Spyro Gyra's late-'70s instrumental pop chart hit "Morning Dance" is always credited by some for opening doors for the genre that folks would later call smooth jazz, this 16-track compilation -- part of GRP's new classic artist collector's series -- shows that saxman Jay Beckenstein and company never really fit perfectly into any category. And that's by design. Manager Philip Brennan sequenced these tracks with GRP A&R guy Bud Harner, wisely choosing to make a live version of "Morning Dance" the last track, something of an afterthought, since most of the material here (from 1988 through 1997) is far more challenging and exciting. You won't catch the scorching Latin jams "Breakfast at Igor's" or "Para Ti Latino" on any smooth station, and even lighthearted tracks like keyboardist Tom Schuman's "You Can Count on Me" are a little too island-minded to hit the R&B-focused genre listener these days. "Three Wishes" is Beckenstein's very likeable attempt at a traditional jazz approach. The band did find some smooth jazz success by finding the right combination with guitarist Chieli Minucci on the seductive "Ariana," but it's easy to see from most of these tracks that its true creative heart lay elsewhere. They've survived by building their fan base and offering one of contemporary instrumental music's best live shows year after year. It would be hard for one CD to capture the many facets of a band who's more than a quarter century old, but this is a must-have for longtime fans and those wanting an intro to the Spyro Gyra experience.

Product Details

Release Date: 08/27/2002
Label: Umvd Labels
UPC: 0731454359528
catalogNumber: 543595
Rank: 40132

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Spyro Gyra   Primary Artist
Jay Azzolina   Guitar
David Mann   Tenor Saxophone
Scott Kreitzer   Flute,Saxophone,Tenor Saxophone
Tom Schuman   Piano,Keyboards
Porter Carroll   Vocals
Vaneese Thomas   Vocals
Bobby Allende   Conga
Scott Ambush   Bass
Randy Andos   Trombone
Manolo Badrena   Percussion
Bashiri Johnson   Percussion
Jay Beckenstein   Saxophone,Wind Synthesizer
Oskar Cartaya   Bass
Emilio Castillo   Tenor Saxophone
Chez   Trumpet
Barry Danielian   Trumpet,Flugelhorn
Julio Fernandez   Guitar
Sammy Figueroa   Percussion
Gary Grant   Trumpet
Jerry Hey   Trumpet
Howard Levy   Harmonica
Richie Morales   Percussion,Drums
Marc Quiñones   Percussion
Joel Rosenblatt   Drums,Cajon
David Samuels   Marimbas,Vibes,Mallet Synthesizer
William Frank "Bill" Reichenbach   Trombone,Bass Trumpet

Technical Credits

Jeremy Wall   Composer,Vocal Arrangements
Scott Kreitzer   Horn Arrangements
Jay Beckenstein   Producer
Barry Danielian   Horn Arrangements
Jerry Hey   Horn Arrangements
Chieli Minucci   Arranger
Steve Skinner   Programming,drum programming
Hollis King   Art Direction
Philip Brennan   Liner Notes
Austin Brentley   Producer

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