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Spyro Gyra
Road Scholars (GRP Records)

By: Paula M. Sherman

In stores a few months ago, Spyro Gyra released Road Scholars, a CD packed with their own smooth sounds of jazz. I was a little surprised with what I heard. I bought this as a present for my husband for his birthday and I don't normally like this type of music. I'm not a connoisseur of jazz music but I have to say this set turned my head. With enriching and skilled combinations of piano, sax, guitars and percussion, this band did an excellent job in creating exciting arrangements.

The band has many releases to it's name, and my husband has a few others as well. Spyro Gyra always strive for that delicate light wispy touch with their songs. They sound like classic movies soundtracks that are so well performed. And these types of songs usually put me to sleep because they are so relaxing, but Road Scholars has some more upbeat tunes that offer a little more than just a lullaby.

Recorded on location across the USA last year, except for the song "Best Friends" which is a studio recorded cut; there are 11 songs for your listening enjoyment. Believe it or not, this studio cut doesn't sound much different than the other songs. You might hear some audience noise in the other songs, but overall, Road Scholars is an impressive release and I recommend it especially to jazz lovers. But even if you're not into jazz, you may really like this one. I give it a B+.

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