Spyro Gyra: Road Scholars
Spyro Gyra is (are?) Jay Beckenstein on reeds, Tom Schuman on trademark gurgly keyboards, Julio Fernandez with some Dan-ish (that is, as in "Steely") guitar, Joel Rosenblatt on drums and percussion, and Scott Ambush on bass. Twenty years is a lot of electricity under the bridge, but these guys are none the worse for wear. The crowd is happy, even managing a clap-along during "Breakfast at Igor's." And you can put your minds at ease, Spyro tyros: "Morning Dance" is here in all its glory, as tuneful and catchy as ever. This one deserved to be the hit it was, with Beckenstein and Schuman especially shining.
Otherwise we have the shimmery "Shaker Song," with Schuman's ivories at their most ticklish. "Heart of the Night," "Shanghai Gumbo," "Ariana" and "Daddy's Got a New Girl Now" are perfect specimens of the cheerful, glossy up-tempo funk that Herr Gyra has patented. "Innocent Soul" kicks off with Beckenstein and Schuman finding themselves in Deep Space Nine and soon deciding that it's a pretty darn nice place. "South American Sojourn" has a deft Latin flavor, earning its title smartly. "De la Luz" includes some sweet acoustic licks from Fernandez; "Best Friends," the only studio cut, has some interesting popcorn thingy.
Fans of Señor Gyra and his smooth blend will love Road Scholars.
Record Label: GRP Records