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Contemporary casual

Black Caribbean Literature (BCL)
Booth,Philip, (Author)
Journal Article
Publication Date:
Dec; 2013
African American Research Center, Library, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Subject Term:
38: Jazz and blues, General, sound recordings, performing groups, jazz and blues, Spyro Gyra, The Rhinebeck sessions
After nearly four decades as an entity, what does Spyro Gyra do for album number 30? The Rhinebeck sessions (Crosseyed Bear), assembled during a three-day recording sprint in the titular small town in the Hudson Valley, boasts the trademark Spyro Gyra sound: catchy melodies by founding saxophonist Jay Beckenstein, urgent funk and fusion grooves, nods to Caribbean rhythms. But there's a looser vibe to the music, more of an anything-goes feel than you find in most of the band's tightly arranged and carefully programmed material. The band explains that the effect was purely intentional.