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Album Review

Spyro Gyra mostly sticks to their formula of danceable melodic music on this GRP release but there are a few temporary departures. The harmonica of the talented Howard Levy is used prominently on "Breakfast at Igor's," two different horn sections pop up on a few songs and there are a pair of throwaway pop vocals from Alex Ligertwood. However, longtime Spyro Gyra fans have little to fear for the solos of saxophonist Jay Beckenstein and vibraphonist Dave Samuels are predictably pleasant, the light funk rhythms push the ensembles and the band's sound remains distinctive, familiar and comfortable.

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Expand Your Horizons

For anyone who doesn't know Spyro Gyra, you have missed the boat on contemporary jazz, and the genious of Jay Beckenstein's mesmerizing melodies, or Rosenblatts incredible drumming, or the keyboard craftiness of Schumans keyboards, and the rest of the brilliant musicians in this group. All of them are multi-talented and Dreams Beyond Control is far and away one of the most ambitious and expansive albums Spyro Gyra has ever put out. It seems sorta misleading when you hear the word Dreams, you tend to think of soft, fluffy music, but the beyond control in the title is the playful adjunct they included to let you know its far more reaching then lullibyes. A clear example of the variations: Walk the Walk and Same Difference are more of a driving rock style Jazz. Patterns in the Rain is clearly Reggae, Breakfast at Igors is obviously Louisiana Cajun style Jazz, South Beach is Salsa, Send Me One Line is (although dissapointing and unfortunately boring) popish ballad, and Bahia is Latin Jazz, Kindred being more new age sounding until deeper into the piece, and so on. If you love Jazz, and you love great groups, and you are looking for a little of everything, You will love Dreams Beyond Control.

Their BEST!

Like Bearman said you missed the boat if you've never heard Spyro Gyra's music. Luckily one day, a long time ago while browsing around at a local Mall I picked up an album called "Rites Of Summer" by this group and have loved them ever since, think that was back in the 80's! I have 5 of their albums with this one being my favorite! "Walk the Walk" is excellent and "Same Difference", great music!


Formed: 1974 in Buffalo, NY

Genre: Jazz

Years Active: '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s

Founded in 1974 by saxophonist Jay Beckenstein, Spyro Gyra have consistently been one of the commercially successfully pop-jazz groups of the past 30 years. The band became a full-time venture in 1976 and has been touring ever since. Critics love to attack this band's music, which combines R&B and elements of pop and Caribbean music with jazz, but its live performances are often stimulating -- unlike many of its records, which emphasize the danceable melodies. The roots of Spyro Gyra lay in Buffalo,...
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