Spyro Gyra (US jazz fusion)

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Spyro Gyra /ˌsprˈrə/ 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" (1977) and "Morning Dance" (1979).

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

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

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Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1979 Morning Dance Spyro Gyra 3
1980 Carnaval Spyro Gyra 3
1980 Catching the Sun Spyro Gyra 2
1981 Freetime Spyro Gyra 3
1982 Incognito Spyro Gyra 2
1983 City Kids Spyro Gyra 3
1983 City Kids Spyro Gyra 1
1985 Alternating Currents Spyro Gyra 3
1986 Breakout Spyro Gyra 4
1987 Stories Without Words Spyro Gyra 2
1988 Rites of Summer Spyro Gyra 2
1989 Point of View Spyro Gyra 2
1990 Fast Forward Spyro Gyra feat. Jay Beckenstein 2
1992 Three Wishes Spyro Gyra 1
1993 Dreams Beyond Control Spyro Gyra 3
1994 Spyro Gyra Spyro Gyra 2
1995 Love & Other Obsessions Spyro Gyra 2
1996 Heart of the Night Spyro Gyra 2
1997 20/20 Spyro Gyra 2
1999 Got the Magic Spyro Gyra 1
2001 In Modern Times Spyro Gyra 3
2003 Original Cinema Spyro Gyra 2
2004 The Deep End Spyro Gyra 2
2006 Wrapped in a Dream Spyro Gyra 2
2007 Good to Go-Go Spyro Gyra 2
2008 A Night Before Christmas Spyro Gyra 1
2009 Down the Wire Spyro Gyra 1
2011 A Foreign Affair Spyro Gyra 2
2013 The Rhinebeck Sessions Spyro Gyra 1

Album + Compilation

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

Album + Live

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1994 Access All Areas Spyro Gyra 2
1998 Road Scholars Spyro Gyra 2

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