Album Remarks & Appraisals:
2009 album from the veteran Jazz outfit. Spyro Gyra's leader and saxophonist Jay Beckenstein understands the passion that drives a person and makes life on the wire so appealing. For more than three decades, they have maintained a position at the forefront of modern Jazz by successfully managing not just one, but several feats of creative dexterity. Down The Wire is a snapshot of Spyro Gyra's enduring dedication to that walk...down the wire.
Spyro Gyra: Bonny B (vocals, drums, percussion); Julio Fernandez (guitar, guitars); Jay Beckinstein, Jay Beckenstein (saxophone); Tom Schuman (piano, Fender Rhodes piano, keyboards); Scott Ambush (bass guitar).
Audio Mixer: Martin Walters.
Audio Remasterer: Martin Walters.
Those who've long ago written off Spyro Gyra as bland and/or commercial fluffy fusion will have to reassess their judgement after DOWN THE WIRE. While they haven't jettisoned their gregarious approach, the band concentrates here on capturing the spirit and energy of their live shows in the studio. Their tunefulness is intact, too. Spyro Gyra still combine rock, funk/R&B, and Latin styles with electric jazz, but their solos this time around pack a bit more punch.
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