Point of View

Point of View

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by Spyro Gyra
     
 
1989's Point of View is a much more up-tempo collection than Spyro Gyra had delivered on their last several albums; only Dave Samuels' lovely vibes- and percussion-enhanced "Riverwalk" counts as a ballad, and even it has a moderately sprightly tempo. The problem is that Spyro Gyra's slower and more

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1989's Point of View is a much more up-tempo collection than Spyro Gyra had delivered on their last several albums; only Dave Samuels' lovely vibes- and percussion-enhanced "Riverwalk" counts as a ballad, and even it has a moderately sprightly tempo. The problem is that Spyro Gyra's slower and more impressionistic tunes have always been their most interesting, and the lack of ballads is a fairly big strike against Point of View. Also, the too-concise arrangements -- only the woefully misnamed "Swamp Thing" breaks the six-minute barrier, and over half the songs don't even hit five -- keeps the group members, who are all fine soloists when they get the opportunity, from breaking out long enough to really build something interesting. Not quite jazz, not quite pop, Point of View is a record made only for unobtrusive listening in the background of chain restaurants. Even Kenny G. fans might find this stuff insipid.

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Release Date:
03/26/1996
Label:
Grp Records
UPC:
0011105981224
catalogNumber:
9812

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Point of View 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I have enjoyed Spyro Gyra Ever since high school/college. Being a rhythmn section musician, I particularly enjoy some of the incredible rhythmns found in 'Point of View' (e.g. consider -I think- track 7). Maybe it is short on ballads, but ballads are what I think of when I think of Kenny G. Don't dismiss this CD if you don't like Kenny G's slow melodic style; I think that description is misleading.