Spyro Gyra (album)

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Spyro Gyra
Spyrogyra-st.jpg
Studio album by Spyro Gyra
Released 1977 (re-released in 1978)
Recorded 1976 (re-recorded in 1977)
Studio Mark Studios, Blue Rock Studio
Genre Jazz fusion, smooth jazz
Length 43:54
Label Crosseyed Bear
Producer Jay Beckenstein, Richard Calandra
Spyro Gyra chronology
Spyro Gyra
(1978)
Morning Dance
(1979)Morning Dance1979
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 3/5 stars [1]

Spyro Gyra is the self-titled debut album by the jazz fusion group Spyro Gyra, released in 1978. The album was self-released on the label Crosseyed Bear Productions before the band signed with Amherst Records and re-released it with a different cover.

At Billboard magazine, the album reached No. 99 on the Top 200 Albums chart.[2] "Shaker Song" reached No. 16 on the Adult Contemporary singles chart,[3] No. 90 on the Hot 100 singles chart, and was covered by the Manhattan Transfer on the album Extensions.[4]

Track listing[edit]

  1. "Shaker Song" (Jay Beckenstein) – 4:49
  2. "Opus D'Opus" (Beckenstein) – 5:08
  3. "Mallet Ballet" (Jeremy Wall) – 5:11
  4. "Pygmy Funk" (Wall) – 5:34
  5. "Cascade" (Wall) – 3:12
  6. "Leticia" (Wall) – 6:10
  7. "Mead" Beckenstein) – 4:00
  8. "Paula/Paw Prints" (Beckenstein) – 4:01
  9. "Galadriel" (Wall) – 4:55

Personnel[edit]

Main Band

  • Jay Beckenstein – alto sax, soprano sax, tenor sax, percussion
  • Jeremy Wall – piano, Fender Rhodes, Mini-Moog, Arp Odyssey, Arp String Ensemble, Hammond B3 organ, percussion
  • Jim Kurzdorfer – bass guitar
  • Tom Walsh – drums, percussion
  • Umbopha Emile Latimer - congas, percussion

Guests

  • Rubens Bassini – congas (on "Shaker Song", "Cascade", "Leticia")
  • Dave Samuels - marimba and tabla (on "Shaker Song" and "Pygmy Funk")
  • Tom Schuman - Mini-Moog (on "Mead"), Piano ("Paula"), Fender Rhodes ("Paw Prints")
  • "Fast" Freddy Rapillo - electric guitar ( on "Mallet Ballet", "Pygmy Funk", "Leticia", "Paw Prints", and "Galadriel"
  • Greg Millar - electric guitar (on "Shaker Song", "Opus D'Opus", "Cascade", and "Mead")
  • Rick Bell - trombone (on "Opus D'Opus")
  • Tony Garusso - trumpet (on "Leticia")
  • Fred Marshall - trombone (on "Leticia")


References[edit]

  1. ^ Spyro Gyra at AllMusic
  2. ^ "Top 200 Albums". Billboard. Retrieved 16 May 2017. 
  3. ^ "Adult Contemporary Music Chart". Billboard. Retrieved 16 May 2017. 
  4. ^ "Extensions". AllMusic. Retrieved 16 May 2017.