Spyro Gyra is the self-titled debut album from fusion group Spyro Gyra released in 1978. The cover shows a picture of DNA in a galaxy in space. This was the only record released on Amherst.
Spyro Gyra ( /ˌspaɪroʊˈdʒaɪrə/) is an American jazz fusion band, that was originally formed in the mid-1970s in Buffalo, New York, United States. With over 30 albums released and 10 million copies sold, they are among the most prolific as well as commercially successful groups of the genre. Among their most successful hit singles are "Shaker Song" and "Morning Dance" (1979), which received significant play on popular music radio stations, and are still frequently heard nearly 30 years later on jazz and easy listening stations.
Their music, which has been influential in the development of smooth jazz and is s staple on the numerous smooth jazz radio stations nationwide, combines jazz with elements of R&B, funk and pop music. Generally considered to be more "jazz" than "smooth", Spyro Gyra has been praised for their skilled instrumentalists and for their live performances, which average about 100 per year.
With the exception of alto saxophonist, songwriter and founding bandleader Jay Beckenstein and keyboardist Tom Schuman, the personnel has changed over time, as well as between the studio and the live stage. Today, guitarist Julio Fernandez is also in his third decade with the band.
The band's latest album A Foreign Affair, released on September 13, 2011 to good reviews, was a "throwback" to the early Spyro Gyra releases with strong global music content and the occasional use of guest vocalists.
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