Spyro Gyra – The Deep End (2004) [Hi-Res SACD Rip]

Spyro Gyra - The Deep End (2004) [Hi-Res SACD Rip]

Spyro Gyra – The Deep End (2004) [Hi-Res SACD Rip]
SACD Rip | ISO / DSD / 1bit / 2.8224MHz | FLAC Tracks / 24bit / 88.2kHz | Stereo & Multichannel
Hybrid SACD | Full Scans Included
Total Size: 4.41 GB (ISO) + 3.73 GB (FLAC Mch) + 1.35 GB (FLAC Stereo) | 3% RAR Recovery
Label: Heads Up International | US | Cat#: HUSA 9085 | Genre: Jazz, Smooth Jazz

With their third label release, the longtime contemporary jazz powerhouse ensemble led by fluid and funky sax legend Jay Beckenstein celebrates 30 years of a consistent mix of making instrumental pop hits and pushing the musical envelopes into fusion territory. The title promises a plunge into something deep, or at least a little stretching, and the band — showcasing new drummer Ludwig Alfonso on a few tunes — more than delivers. But not right away. They open smooth and light-funky with the playful, sax-driven “Summer Fling,” which is breezy and fun but only digs deep with Tom Schuman’s heavily retro key solo. “Eastlake Shuffle” balances Beckenstein’s adventurous sax punch with a heavy blues mood driven by Schuman and the rockin’ guitar harmonies and solo of Julio Fernandez. Things don’t really heat up until the exotic fusion jam “Monsoon,” a live show crowd-pleaser that builds from an Indian-flavored meditation (complete with distant chance and bird calls) into a moody sitar-laced melody before exploding into a powerful, blues-drenched extravaganza featuring some of Beckenstein’s most powerful lines blended with Fernandez’s brimming, ready-to-explode guitar on the hook. From this point, the band alternates its light moods (“As You Wish”) with more aggressive and sometimes blistering rock-flavored explorations (“Joburg Jam,” one of the four tracks featuring the shimmering vibes action of Dave Samuels, “Wiggle Room”). Most veteran bands would gasp for survival in the culture of stricter radio formats by playing it ever safer and trendy, but Spyro Gyra has never been most bands. Each release has a few sweet pleasantries (and even these feature magnificent musicianship) but a great deal more energy and blowing than today’s average smooth jazz listener is used to. It’s worth the plunge. ― Allmusic

01. Summer Fling – 05:00
02. Eastlake Shuffle – 05:03
03. Monsoon – 06:57
04. As You Wish – 04:36
05. Joburg Jam – 06:11
06. The Crossing – 07:17
07. Wiggle Room – 06:48
08. Wind Warriors – 06:16
09. In Your Arms – 04:47
10. Chippewa Street – 05:47
11. Beyond the Rain – 06:09




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