Since September 2010, this blog has recorded the journey of this middle-aged man as I attempt to listen to all the music in my CD collection. CDs revisited in their entirety from start to finish - no skipping tracks, no shuffle. CDs only - no vinyl, no tapes, no downloads. And just as CD technology (and the album format itself) becomes obsolete. I'm no music critic, just a music junkie with too much time on my hands.

Monday, November 22, 2010

Spyro Gyra - Stories Without Words (1987)


Note: this release was originally purchased as an LP, later replaced by a CD.

I must like this group more than I would have thought. When I reached for this CD, I counted how many discs I own by Spyro Gyra. 23! And, believe it or not, there are some releases that I don't own. All 23 get listened to and, in any case, I don't make apologies for music I like. It's interesting how a group from Buffalo, NY can produce quality music with a strong Latin/Carribean influence. That's like having a western swing band from Hawaii. I wouldn't exactly describe SG as a smooth jazz group because they often drift more to fusion. Back in the '80s, this group would release an album every year like clockwork and I would be right there to be a copy as soon as it was released. I slowed down on the SG purchases after this particular release, not because no longer liked the music, but because I was discovering so much new music at that time in my life.

Peak on the US Billboard Top 200 chart: #84 (Oct 17, 1987)
Peak on Billboard's R&B albums chart: #67

Tracks: Strong opener in Cayo Hueso. Del Corazon is a beautiful composition. My favorite on this CD, and one of my favorite SG tunes, is the Latin number Nu Sungo. On most SG releases, they include one unusual experimental fusion piece that usually needs to be skipped for continuity's sake. On this release, that piece is the last track, Pyramid.

Personal Memory Associated with this CD: This CD reminds me of being home from college during the Christmas break in December, 1987. I must have made a cassette tape from my LP and listened to it as I drove around San Antonio in my '85 Oldsmobile Firenza.

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