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New Spyro Gyra CD Out May 25

Smooth-jazz powerhouse Spyro Gyra will release its new album, The Deep End, on May 25 on Heads Up. The Deep End is Spyro Gyra’s third release on Heads Up, and a follow-up to Original Cinema, which enjoyed a lengthy stay on Billboard‘s Contemporary Jazz chart in 2003. Spyro Gyra’s new album offers 11 tracks that embrace a broad range of styles and balance old and new influences, and will also be released as an SACD in 5.1 Surround Sound. Spyro saxophonist Jay Beckenstein explains that the album’s title reflects how music allows him to dive into the deep end of the emotional spectrum, stating in a press release that “the music that lives forever does so because it lives in people’s hearts.”

Spyro Gyra-composed of Beckenstein, vocalist/guitarist Julio Fernandez, keyboardist Tom Schuman and bassist Scott Ambush-takes The Deep End as an opportunity to introduce its new drummer, Ludwig Afonso, who replaced Joel Rosenblatt after his departure from the band. The Deep End also features a variety of guest musicians, including drummer Billy Kilson, vibraphonist Dave Samuels, trumpet player Don Harris and percussionists Cyro Baptista, David Charles and Daniel Sadownick. Keyboardist Jeremy Wall, a longtime collaborator with Spyro Gyra, also contributes to The Deep End by co-producing “Summer Fling,” the disc’s opening track.

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