Spyro Gyra (US jazz fusion)

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Spyro Gyra /ˌspaɪroʊˈdʒaɪrə/ is an American jazz fusion band that was originally formed in the mid-1970s in Buffalo, New York, United States. Their music, often featured on smooth jazz radio stations, combines jazz with elements of R&B, funk and pop music. To date, the band has released over 30 albums and sold over 10 million copies. They average about 100 live performances per year. Popular singles include "Shaker Song" and "Morning Dance" (1979).

With the exception of founding bandleader Jay Beckenstein (alto saxophonist and songwriter) and Tom Schuman (keyboardist), the personnel has changed over time, and between the studio and the live stage. Today, guitarist Julio Fernandez is also in his third decade with the band.

The band's name is a misspelling of Spirogyra, a genus of green algae, which Beckenstein had written about in a college biology paper.

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Discography

Album

Year Title Rating Releases
1979 Morning Dance 2
1980 Carnaval 3
1980 Catching the Sun 2
1981 Freetime 2
1982 Incognito 2
1983 City Kids 2
1985 Alternating Currents 2
1986 Breakout 4
1987 Stories Without Words 2
1988 Rites of Summer 2
1989 Point of View 2
1990 Fast Forward 2
1992 Three Wishes 1
1993 Dreams Beyond Control 3
1994 Spyro Gyra 1
1995 Love & Other Obsessions 2
1996 Heart of the Night 2
1997 20/20 2
1999 Got the Magic 1
2001 In Modern Times 2
2003 Original Cinema 1
2004 The Deep End 1
2006 Wrapped in a Dream 1
2007 Good to Go-Go 1
2008 A Night Before Christmas 1
2009 Down the Wire 1
2011 A Foreign Affair 2
Burn the Bridges 1

Album + Compilation

Year Title Rating Releases
1991 Collection Compilation 1
1997 The Best of Spyro Gyra: The First Ten Years Compilation 1
1997 Spyro Gyra 1977-1987 Compilation 1
2002 The Very Best of Spyro Gyra Compilation 1
2007 The Best of Spyro Gyra - The Millennium Collection Compilation 1

Album + Live

Year Title Rating Releases
1994 Access All Areas Live 1
1998 Road Scholars Live 2

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