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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.

Sound clips of Deep End tracks can be found at Heads Up’s Spyro page:

Spyro Gyra formed in Buffalo, N.Y. in 1974 and have sold over 10 million records. More information on the band can be found at

The Deep End track list:

Summer Fling

Eastlake Shuffle


As You Wish

Joburg Jam

The Crossing

Wiggle Room

Wind Warriors

In Your Arms

Chippewa Street

Beyond the Rain

Spyro Gyra will be on tour throughout the rest of 2004 in the U.S. and Europe. Tour dates are as follows:

May 28, 2004 • Grand Rapids, MI • The Intersection

May 29, 2004 • Cleveland, OH • Tower City Amphitheater

May 30, 2004 • Dayton, OH • Riverblast! Festival

June 3, 2004 • Hato Rey, Puerto Rico • Puerto Rico Heineken Jazz Fest

June 19, 2004 • Lithonia, GA • Lithonia Summer Concert Series

June 26, 2004 • Farmingville, L.I., NY • Brookhaven Amphitheater

July 3, 2004 • Kauku, Hawaii • Turtle Bay Resort

July 17, 2004 • Corvallis, OR • Da Vinci Days Festival

July 21, 2004 • New York, NY • Carnival Miracle, Pier 63, Chelsea Piers

July 23, 2004 • Glenside, PA • Keswick Theatre

July 30, 2004 • Minneapolis, MN • Rossi’s Bluestar Room

July 31, 2004 • Des Moines, IA • Simon Estes Amphitheater

August 1, 2004 • St. Louis, MO • The Pageant

August 7, 2004 • Woodenville, WA • Chateau Ste. Michelle Winery; Amphitheatre

August 20, 2004 • Toledo, OH • Valentine Theatre

August 21, 2004 • Dublin, OH • Wendy’s Int’l Headquarters

August 27, 2004 • Newport Beach, CA • Hyatt Newporter; Outdoor Amphitheater

August 29, 2004 • Temecula, CA • Thornton Winery

September 18, 2004 • Phillips Int’l Jazz Festival • Sazka Arena

September 21 • 28, 2004 • Milano, ITALY • Blue Note Milano

October 16, 2004 • Tarrytown, NY • Tarrytown Music Hall

October 22, 2004 • Red Bank, NJ • Count Basie Theatre

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