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Spyro Gyra - Spyro Gyra (1978) {MCA}  Music

Posted by tiburon at Aug. 31, 2016
Spyro Gyra - Spyro Gyra (1978) {MCA}

Spyro Gyra - Spyro Gyra (1978) {MCA}
EAC 0.99pb4 | FLAC tracks level 8 | Cue+Log+M3U | Full Scans 300dpi | 272MB + 5% Recovery
MP3 CBR 320 Kbps | 100MB + 5% Recovery
Genre: Jazz, Smooth Jazz, Fusion

Spyro Gyra is the first album by the jazz fusion group Spyro Gyra, released in 1978. The cover shows a picture of DNA in a galaxy in space. This was the group's only record released on Amherst.
Spyro Gyra - Morning Dance (1979) {JVC 1st Japanese Pressing 1984}

Spyro Gyra - Morning Dance (1979) {JVC 1st Japanese Pressing 1984}
EAC 1.0b3 | FLAC tracks level 8 | Cue+Log+M3U | Full Scans 600dpi | 344MB + 5% Recovery
MP3 CBR 320 Kbps | 168MB + 5% Recovery
Genre: Fusion, Smooth Jazz

Morning Dance is Spyro Gyra's most commercially successful album, released in summer 1979. The song "Morning Dance" was a major hit (Billboard #24 pop, #1 adult contemporary) in summer 1979. The album cover of Morning Dance had concept origination, design and art direction by Peter Corriston.

Spyro Gyra - Morning Dance (1979) {Amherst}  Music

Posted by tiburon at March 14, 2016
Spyro Gyra - Morning Dance (1979) {Amherst}

Spyro Gyra - Morning Dance (1979) {Amherst}
EAC 0.95b4 | FLAC tracks level 8 | Cue+Log+M3U | Full Scans 300dpi | 302MB + 5% Recovery
MP3 CBR 320 Kbps | 120MB + 5% Recovery
Genre: Fusion, Smooth Jazz

Morning Dance is Spyro Gyra's most commercially successful album, released in summer 1979. The song "Morning Dance" was a major hit (Billboard #24 pop, #1 adult contemporary) in summer 1979. The album cover of Morning Dance had concept origination, design and art direction by Peter Corriston.

Spyro Gyra - A Foreign Affair (2011) {Amherst} [Repost]  

Posted by tiburon at Dec. 12, 2015
Spyro Gyra - A Foreign Affair (2011) {Amherst} [Repost]

Spyro Gyra - A Foreign Affair (2011) {Amherst}
EAC 1.1 | FLAC tracks level 8 | Cue+Log+M3U | Full Scans 300dpi | 439MB + 5% Recovery
Genre: Fusion, Smooth Jazz, Latin Jazz

Over 35 years into one of contemporary jazz fusion's most extraordinary evolving musical journeys, Spyro Gyra entered the 2010s where they began – on their own indie label, Amherst Records, on which they released their self-titled debut in 1978. Driven by the melodic, jazzy, and increasingly global-minded vision of saxophonist and founder Jay Beckenstein, Spyro Gyra have undergone various personnel changes throughout the years while becoming serial world travelers.

Spyro Gyra - 20/20 (1997)  

Posted by uff at March 18, 2015
Spyro Gyra - 20/20 (1997)

Spyro Gyra - 20/20 (1997)
Jazz | 1cd | EAC Rip | Wv + Cue + Log | covers
GRP 98682 | rel: 1997 | 405Mb

Artistically, Spyro Gyra hit an all-time low in the mid-1990s. The use of outside arrangers and pop vocalists had proven detrimental, and the band was sounding even more formulaic than usual on banal albums like 1995's Love and Other Obsessions. More self-contained and devoid of adult contemporary singing, 20/20 is a slight improvement. Though Spyro still sounds contrived and is hardly challenging, a few of the songs are somewhat likable, including the moody "The Unwritten Letter" and the angular "Rockaway to Sunset."

Spyro Gyra - Wrapped in a Dream (2006)  

Posted by uff at Dec. 4, 2014
Spyro Gyra - Wrapped in a Dream (2006)

Spyro Gyra - Wrapped in a Dream (2006)
Jazz | 1cd | EAC Rip | Flac + Cue + Log | covers
Heads UP, HUCD 3107 | rel: 2006 | 435Mb

The Buffalo-based instrumental ensemble is always credited for contributing to the pop, R&B, and jazz hybrid that eventually evolved into today's smooth jazz – but happily, as the music in that genre has gotten slightly more predictable, Spyro Gyra have been rocking, rolling, and improvising in a lot of unexpected directions. So after nine Grammy nominations and nearly 11 million albums sold, where do saxman Jay Beckenstein, keyboardist Tom Schuman, and company turn to wrap themselves in a dream? How about some "Impressions of Madrid," a moody, super-sultry Latin meditation that weaves the saxman's soprano with his own flute and (for the first time) Spanish chanting.

Spyro Gyra - Dreams Beyond Control (1993) REPOST  

Posted by uff at Sept. 26, 2014
Spyro Gyra - Dreams Beyond Control (1993) REPOST

Spyro Gyra - Dreams Beyond Control (1993)
Jazz | 1cd | EAC Rip | Wv + Cue + Log | covers
GRP 97432 | rel: 1993 | 415Mb

Spyro Gyra mostly sticks to their formula of danceable melodic music on this GRP release but there are a few temporary departures. The harmonica of the talented Howard Levy is used prominently on "Breakfast at Igor's," two different horn sections pop up on a few songs and there are a pair of throwaway pop vocals from Alex Ligertwood. However, longtime Spyro Gyra fans have little to fear for the solos of saxophonist Jay Beckenstein and vibraphonist Dave Samuels are predictably pleasant, the light funk rhythms push the ensembles and the band's sound remains distinctive, familiar and comfortable. ~Allmusic

Spyro Gyra - Down The Wire (2009)  

Posted by uff at Sept. 16, 2014
Spyro Gyra - Down The Wire (2009)

Spyro Gyra - Down The Wire (2009)
Jazz | 1cd | EAC Rip | Wv + Cue + Log | covers
Heads Up HUCD3154 | rel: 2009 | 475Mb

Creatively, Spyro Gyra have certainly had their ups and downs over the years. Leader/saxophonist Jay Beckenstein and his colleagues have recorded some real gems along the way, but they have also recorded their share of boring, forgettable "elevator muzak." Thankfully, there isn't an iota of "elevator muzak" to be found on Down the Wire, which is among the studio albums that captures the sort of energy and vitality Spyro Gyra are known for projecting on-stage. There are no misguided attempts to emulate Kenny G, Richard Elliot, or Najee on this 2009 release; Down the Wire is a legitimate fusion album – accessible and melodic, but risk-taking, edgy, and faithful to jazz' improvisatory spirit.

Spyro Gyra - Good to Go-Go (2007) REPOST  

Posted by uff at May 29, 2014
Spyro Gyra - Good to Go-Go (2007) REPOST

Spyro Gyra - Good to Go-Go (2007)
Fusion | 1cd | EAC Rip | Flac + Cue + Log | covers
Heads Up HUCD 3127 | rel: 2007 | 530Mb

Thirty-one years and 27 albums in (not including compilations), urban contemporary jazz unit Spyro Gyra are playing with the funky inspiration and clever melodic and rhythmic invention that have made them synonymous with the genre, but that they haven't displayed on their own recordings for some time. This is not to say the quintet have ever been completely off their game. They know what they do, and do it extremely well – they can make smooth and groove-oriented records all day long – but the sheer edge and shifty, even knotty melodic ideas on "Good to Go-Go" feel adventurous in contrast to the records they've made since the beginning of the decade where they've fused smooth jazz to some Caribbean, Spanish, and other kinds of world music as well as written and recorded with pop vocalists.

Spyro Gyra - Rites Of Summer (1988) (MCA} [Re-Up]  

Posted by tiburon at May 27, 2014
Spyro Gyra - Rites Of Summer (1988) (MCA} [Re-Up]

Spyro Gyra - Rites Of Summer (1988) (MCA}
EAC 0.99pb3 | FLAC tracks level 6 | Cue+Log+M3U | Full Scans 600dpi | 278MB + 5% Recovery
Genre: Fusion

1998's Rites of Summer is the album on which Spyro Gyra once and for all abandons every pretense toward being anything other than a slickly commercial instrumental pop outfit with occasional feints toward the smoothest of smooth jazz. As always with Spyro Gyra, the slower and more impressionistic tunes are much more interesting than the upbeat songs.