Heart of the Night

Heart of the Night

by Spyro Gyra



There are a few departures from their previous efforts on this Spyro Gyra CD. Dave Samuels, the group's longtime marimba and vibraphonist, was no longer a regular member of the group but does make guest appearances on four of the 11 selections. Trumpeter Randy Brecker solos on "Midnight," and the "No Sweat Horns" (a three-piece horn section) pop up on two other selections. In addition, background vocalists are utilized on "Heart of the Night" and a couple of cellists are added on two numbers. Most interestingly, some of the numbers have straightahead sections and, not too surprisingly, altoist-leader Jay Beckenstein shows that he is quite capable of jamming in that setting. The 1996 version of Spyro Gyra (Beckenstein, guitarist Julio Fernandez, keyboardist Tom Schuman, bassist Scott Ambush and drummer Joel Rosenblatt) also performs some funkier and more commercial tunes but overall this is a stronger-than-usual recording from a jazz standpoint, and a good example of this popular band.

Product Details

Release Date: 04/23/1996
Label: Grp Records
UPC: 0011105984225
catalogNumber: 9842

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Spyro Gyra   Primary Artist
Scott Kreitzer   Flute,Saxophone
Tom Schuman   Keyboards
Porter Carroll   Vocals
Vaneese Thomas   Vocals
Scott Ambush   Bass
Randy Andos   Trombone
Bashiri Johnson   Percussion
Jay Beckenstein   Saxophone
Randy Brecker   Trumpet
Barry Danielian   Trumpet
Julio Fernandez   Guitar,Vocals
Jesse Levy   Cello
Joel Rosenblatt   Drums
David Samuels   Marimbas,Vibes
Eugene J. Joyne   Cello

Technical Credits

Jeremy Wall   Vocal Arrangements,String Arrangements
Scott Kreitzer   Arranger
Jay Beckenstein   Producer
Julio Fernandez   Contributor
Chieli Minucci   Arranger
Doug Oberkircher   Engineer
Steve Skinner   Programming
Hollis King   Art Direction

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