Fast Forward

Fast Forward

by Spyro Gyra



Spyro Gyra's first album for MCA after their longtime label, GRP-Crescendo, was absorbed into its corporate parent, 1990's Fast Forward carries the curious band subtitle "featuring Jay Beckenstein." Saxophonist Beckenstein has certainly always been the band's leader, writing a good chunk of the material and producing the albums, but given that the lineup is basically unchanged from the previous few Spyro Gyra albums, the new nomenclature is puzzling. It also goes against Spyro Gyra's entire musical aesthetic, as the group's unabashedly commercial and melodic style works against the traditional jazz concept of soloists and sidemen. Everyone on Fast Forward plays the melody, the whole melody, and nothing but the melody, with no improvisations or sidebars. The resulting tunes are unfailingly pleasant -- there's nothing here that would cause anyone to leap immediately to the forward skip button on their CD player -- but this relentlessly safe smooth jazz is unfortunately deficient on memorable songs, expressive playing, or foot-tapping tunes. It doesn't really "feature" anyone in particular.

Product Details

Release Date: 04/25/1990
Label: Grp Records
UPC: 0011105960823
catalogNumber: 9608

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Spyro Gyra   Primary Artist
Jay Azzolina   Guitar
Jeff Beal   Trumpet
Scott Kreitzer   Tenor Saxophone
Tom Schuman   Keyboards
David Broza   Guitar,Vocals
Randy Andos   Trombone,Bass Trombone
Jay Beckenstein   Saxophone
Oskar Cartaya   Bass
Barry Danielian   Trumpet,Flugelhorn
Richie Morales   Drums
Marc Quiñones   Percussion
David Samuels   Synthesizer,Percussion,Marimbas,Vibes
Larry Swist   Recorder

Technical Credits

Jeff Beal   Arranger
Jay Beckenstein   Producer
Chris Bubacz   Engineer
Barry Danielian   Arranger,Horn Arrangements
Larry Swist   Engineer
Jeff Adamoff   Art Direction
Jim Kurzdorfer   Composer

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