Spyro Gyra - Down The Wire (2009)
Jazz | 1cd | EAC Rip | Wv + Cue + Log | covers
Heads Up HUCD3154 | rel: 2009 | 475Mb
Creatively, Spyro Gyra have certainly had their ups and downs over the years. Leader/saxophonist Jay Beckenstein and his colleagues have recorded some real gems along the way, but they have also recorded their share of boring, forgettable "elevator muzak." Thankfully, there isn't an iota of "elevator muzak" to be found on Down the Wire, which is among the studio albums that captures the sort of energy and vitality Spyro Gyra are known for projecting on-stage. There are no misguided attempts to emulate Kenny G, Richard Elliot, or Najee on this 2009 release; Down the Wire is a legitimate fusion album – accessible and melodic, but risk-taking, edgy, and faithful to jazz' improvisatory spirit.