The Very Best of Spyro Gyra

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All Music Guide - Jonathan Widran
Although Spyro Gyra's late-'70s instrumental pop chart hit "Morning Dance" is always credited by some for opening doors for the genre that folks would later call smooth jazz, this 16-track compilation -- part of GRP's new classic artist collector's series -- shows that saxman Jay Beckenstein and company never really fit perfectly into any category. And that's by design. Manager Philip Brennan sequenced these tracks with GRP A&R guy Bud Harner, wisely choosing to make a live version of "Morning Dance" the last track, something of an afterthought, since most of the material here from 1988 through 1997 is far more challenging and exciting. You won't catch the scorching...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Jonathan Widran
Although Spyro Gyra's late-'70s instrumental pop chart hit "Morning Dance" is always credited by some for opening doors for the genre that folks would later call smooth jazz, this 16-track compilation -- part of GRP's new classic artist collector's series -- shows that saxman Jay Beckenstein and company never really fit perfectly into any category. And that's by design. Manager Philip Brennan sequenced these tracks with GRP A&R guy Bud Harner, wisely choosing to make a live version of "Morning Dance" the last track, something of an afterthought, since most of the material here from 1988 through 1997 is far more challenging and exciting. You won't catch the scorching Latin jams "Breakfast at Igor's" or "Para Ti Latino" on any smooth station, and even lighthearted tracks like keyboardist Tom Schuman's "You Can Count on Me" are a little too island-minded to hit the R&B-focused genre listener these days. "Three Wishes" is Beckenstein's very likeable attempt at a traditional jazz approach. The band did find some smooth jazz success by finding the right combination with guitarist Chieli Minucci on the seductive "Ariana," but it's easy to see from most of these tracks that its true creative heart lay elsewhere. They've survived by building their fan base and offering one of contemporary instrumental music's best live shows year after year. It would be hard for one CD to capture the many facets of a band who's more than a quarter century old, but this is a must-have for longtime fans and those wanting an intro to the Spyro Gyra experience.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 8/27/2002
  • Label: Umvd Labels
  • UPC: 731454359528
  • Catalog Number: 543595
  • Sales rank: 25,001

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Limelight (4:30)
  2. 2 Breakfast at Igor's (5:22)
  3. 3 You Can Count on Me (3:27)
  4. 4 Para Ti Latino (4:16)
  5. 5 Ariana (5:07)
  6. 6 Three Wishes (4:49)
  7. 7 Birks Law (4:35)
  8. 8 Pipo's Song (4:54)
  9. 9 Heart of the Night (4:35)
  10. 10 What Exit? (3:40)
  11. 11 Yosemite (5:24)
  12. 12 The Unknown Soldier (5:21)
  13. 13 Tower of Babel (5:30)
  14. 14 The Unwritten Letter (5:09)
  15. 15 Westwood Moon (4:57)
  16. 16 Morning Dance (4:16)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Spyro Gyra Primary Artist
Jay Azzolina Guitar
David Mann Tenor Saxophone
Scott Kreitzer Flute, Saxophone, Tenor Saxophone
Tom Schuman Piano, Keyboards
Porter Carroll Vocals
Vaneese Thomas Vocals
Bobby Allende Conga
Scott Ambush Bass
Randy Andos Trombone
Manolo Badrena Percussion
Bashiri Johnson Percussion
Jay Beckenstein Saxophone, Wind Synthesizer
Oskar Cartaya Bass
Emilio Castillo Tenor Saxophone
Al Chez Trumpet
Barry Danielian Trumpet, Flugelhorn
Julio Fernandez Guitar
Sammy Figueroa Percussion
Gary Grant Trumpet
Jerry Hey Trumpet
Howard Levy Harmonica
Richie Morales Percussion, Drums
Marc Quiñones Percussion
Joel Rosenblatt Drums, Cajon
David Samuels Marimbas, Vibes, Mallet Synthesizer
William Frank "Bill" Reichenbach Jr. Trombone, Bass Trumpet
Technical Credits
Jeremy Wall Composer, Vocal Arrangements
Scott Kreitzer Horn Arrangements
Jay Beckenstein Producer
Barry Danielian Horn Arrangements
Jerry Hey Horn Arrangements
Chieli Minucci Arranger
Steve Skinner Programming, drum programming
Suha Gur Mastering
Hollis King Art Direction
Philip Brennan Liner Notes
Austin Brentley Producer
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