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Spyro Gyra

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Spyro Gyra

In 1997, saxophonist Jay Beckenstein and his band Spyro Gyra celebrated twenty years of recording with their 20th album, 20/20. Though the band actually began in Buffalo, New York in 1975, 1977 marked the release of their first self-titled album, featuring the (instant) instrumental smash, “Shaker Song”. In 1997, to commemorate all those years of music and touring, Spyro Gyra did what they always do; hit the road for a spring to fall tour. Only this time, they recorded the proceedings every night.

The result is Road Scholars, the second live concert album of Spyro Gyra's career (the first was the double LP Access All Areas from 1984). Unlike “Access”, which was recorded over three nights in Florida, the new album was culled from over sixty performances throughout the year from all over the USA, plus one new studio recording titled “Best Friends”, recorded at Jay Beckenstein's BearTracks Studio in Suffern, NY....
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  • The Rhinebeck Sessions

    Self Produced
    2013
  • A Foreign Affair

    GRP
    2011
  • Down The Wire

    Heads Up International
    2009
  • A Night Before Christmas

    Heads Up International
    2008
  • Good To Go-Go

    Heads Up International
    2007
  • Wrapped In A Dream

    Heads Up International
    2006
  • The Deep End

    GRP
    2004
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Self Produced (2013)

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