personnel: Jay Beckenstein - saxophone Tom Schuman - piano, Fender Rhodes piano, keyboards Julio Fernandez - guitar Scott Ambush - bass guitar Bonny B - drums, percussion The patriarch of the famous aerialist family certainly knew what he was talking about after a lifetime of thrilling, edge-of-the-seat performances for his audiences. While...(展开全部) personnel: Jay Beckenstein - saxophone Tom Schuman - piano, Fender Rhodes piano, keyboards Julio Fernandez - guitar Scott Ambush - bass guitar Bonny B - drums, percussion The patriarch of the famous aerialist family certainly knew what he was talking about after a lifetime of thrilling, edge-of-the-seat performances for his audiences. While the stakes might not be as high for a jazz band improvising in a recording studio or in front of a live audience, Spyro Gyra's leader and saxophonist Jay Beckenstein understands the passion that drives a person and makes "life on the wire" so appealing. Their new album, Down the Wire is a snapshot of Spyro Gyra's enduring dedication to walk along that wire. 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. "That's what has kept this band going," says Beckenstein. "There are always balances to be found - between the individual player and the group, between the songwriter and the player. It's about both satisfying yourself and satisfying your audience. And when you're improvising in front of a crowd, you're really walking down that wire. There are always surprises that way, but our openness to those surprises is what makes this band what it is. We just happen to be walking on a slightly more forgiving tightrope." Asked where Down The Wire belongs in Spyro Gyra's substantial legacy, Beckenstein is quick to reply. "You know, everybody up on the wire knows one thing for sure," Beckenstein laughs. "The real trouble comes if you start looking behind you. The future's in front of you."
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1. Down The Wire 5:57 2. Unspoken 5:51 3. Not For Nothin' 5:02 4. Island Pond 6:00 5. The Tippin' Point 5:24 6. Ice Mountain 6:58 7. A Flower For Annie Jeanette 7:05 8. La Zona Rosa 6:22 9. What It Is 6:23 10. A Distant Memory 4:42 11. Make It Mine 5:30
Spyro Gyra "Down The Wire" (2009) - Review: It's been 30 years since Spyro Gyra released their one and only crossover hit, "Morning Dance." Changes in how decisions are made as to what gets played on the radio pretty much guarantee the group will not score...