Some groups become famous with one huge hit. For Spyro Gyra was the initiation their song Morning Dance, released in 1979. Since that time they constantly extended their position as one of the premium contemporary jazz group worldwide. Their new album Down The Wire is according to their website the 31st. Signed in 2001 with Heads Up International the group released in the following period In Modern Times (2001), Original Cinema (2003), The Deep End (2004), Wrapped In A Dream (2006), Good To Go-Go (2007) and A Night Before Christmas (2008).
Today’s Spyro Gyra are alto saxophonist, songwriter & founding bandleader Jay Beckenstein, keyboardist Tom Schuman, guitarist Julio Fernandez, bassist Scott Ambush, and since 2007 drummer and percussionist Bonny B. Jay Beckenstein considers his work as something special: “When I’m making music with the band and things are going well, I leave the anxiety behind. I escape that part of me that’s just trying to survive in the world and I’m able to get in touch with that part of me that has nothing to do with practicality. It’s something that’s kind of divine, and I don’t normally think in those terms, but it’s as close as I can get to that ideal. I really do get swept away in it and it’s a marvelous, spiritual, therapeutic thing.”
Down The Wire is not only available on prescription. I would never say no to this musical remedy. So the album starts with Scott’s precise bass intro leading to Jay’s spiritual sax sequence. Here we are again right in contemporary jazz. Jay: “When you’re improvising in front of a crowd, you’re really walking down that wire.”