Sometimes in order to clarify a vision that is marked by a rich mixture of GRAMMY- nominated recordings, you have to create a special offering that lives up to your own namesake lifestyle brand. That is exactly what Spyro Gyra does with The Rhinebeck Sessions, their 30th album and the first to be written entirely in the studio over the course of just three days! The Rhinebeck Sessions was produced in a recording studio in Rhinebeck, NY, a small town in the Hudson Valley not far from Woodstock to celebrate the kind of longevity they’ve had over the past 40 years.
The cleverly crafted recording features saxophonist Jay Beckenstein, keyboardist Tom Schuman, guitarist Julio Fernandez, drummer Lee Pearson, bassist Scott Ambush and vibraphonist Dave Samuels in the mix playing a combination of collectively composed bebop, jam-band-like grooves and coolly improvised riffs that their fans will remember for quite some time.“Some of these tunes started with nothing more than a beat,” states Beckenstein. “Maybe Scott would come up with a phrase and maybe Lee would start something, or Julio or Tom. With a few of these tunes, there wasn’t a single word uttered before the first note was played, he adds. The results clearly demonstrate the intuitive musicality the group has and that Spyro Gyra can play just about any sound and are not shy about delivering virtuosic performances.
The Rhinebeck Sessions also brings a welcoming intimacy to a 40-year legacy that has kept Spyro Gyra’s fans coming back for more of their Grammy-nominated music.The improvised uptempo, often funky pieces meet all of the standards set by their previous releases including their platinum-selling classic, Morning Dance. The release is also the band's first fully independent release since their 1977 debut.
For more information about The Rhinebeck Sessions, please visit the group’s website at www.spyrogyra.com.