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
1977 Original Cover
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 3/5 stars [1]

Spyro Gyra is the first 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 rereleased 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]

Band

Guests

  • Anthony Gorruso – trumpet
  • Rick Bell – trombone
  • Fred Marshall – trombone
  • Greg Millar – guitar
  • Fred Rapillo – guitar
  • Rick Strauss – guitar
  • Emile Latimer – congas, percussion
  • Rubens Bassini – congas

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.