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Spyro Gyra New Album “Vinyl Tap” out now

 October 14, 2019

By  ExoticDJ

Seminal contemporary jazz band Spyro Gyra decided to do something completely different for their first new album in six years. The New York institution that began 45 years ago curated a collection of songs they listened to on vinyl during their formative youth and then put them through a process they call “warping.” They dared to take apart classic rock and jazz hits and imaginatively rebuild them into something entirely new, changing tempos and textures, rhythms and tones, and adding extensions and solos in the process that refreshed the nine songs, often making them hardly recognizable from their original form. Spyro Gyra produced and brazenly arranged “Vinyl Tap,” which is out right now.

Free from the pressure of having to write great music, Spyro Gyra had fun in the studio making “Vinyl Tap,” which is available as a limited edition, 180-gram clear vinyl disc with a full-color printed inner sleeve in a full-color printed jacket. The band members – saxophonist Jay Beckenstein,  keyboardist Tom Schuman, guitarist Julio Fernandez, bassist Scott Ambush and drummer Lionel Cordew –  have a wide range of ages, which accounts for the wide variety of songs selected to “warp.” Stylistically, the quintet mines jazz of every primary hue – straight-ahead, contemporary and fusion – along with R&B, pop, rock, Latin and country music.

“Vinyl Tap” opens with a hipster’s mashup of “Secret Agent Man” and “Alfie’s Theme.” The “warping” continues with a Latin big band revision of Cream’s “Sunshine Of Your Love.” Listeners are caressed during a yearning exploration into the soulful depths of The Doobie Brothers’ “What A Fool Believes.” The beats are layered on the percussion-heavy revisit of War’s “The Cisco Kid.” The Beatles’ “You’ve Got To Hide Your Love Away” becomes a sweet soprano sax serenade while Squeeze’s “Tempted” is recreated as a bluesy, power rock ballad. Complex rhythms highlight an incendiary fusion presentation of Oliver Nelson’s jazz standard “Stolen Moments.” Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young’s “Carry On” brings the session to a climactic conclusion with gusto.

Catch Spyro Gyra on tour on the following dates:

 

October 23                  Cancun Jazz Festival                          Puerto Aventuras, Mexico

October 26                  Guinness Cork Jazz Festival             Cork, Ireland

October 27                  Pizza Express Live                             London, England

October 28                  Concertgebouw                                   Amsterdam, Netherlands

October 29                  Paard Club                                          The Hague, Netherlands

November 1                Bahrain JazzFest                                 Al Mazrowiah, Bahrain

November 5 & 6         Blue Note Milano                               Milan, Italy

November 8                Anfiteatro Comunale di Mogoro        Mogoro, Italy

November 9                Ingolstadt Jazztage                             Ingolstadt, Germany

November 10              Quasimodo                                          Berlin, Germany

November 12              Hangar 11                                           Tel Aviv, Israel

November 15              New Jersey Performing Arts Center   Newark, NJ

November 16              Tupelo Music Hall                              Derry, NH

November 20              Infinity Music Hall                             Norfolk, CT

November 21              Spire Center for the Performing Arts Plymouth, MA

November 22              Ludlow Garage                                   Cincinnati, OH

November 23              Saugatuck Center for the Arts             Saugatuck, MI

November 24              Dakota                                                Minneapolis, MN

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