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.

Sunday, March 20, 2011

Spyro Gyra - 20/20 (1997)

NUMBERS WEEK (MARCH 14-20, 2011)

For the most part, Spyro Gyra struggled artistically in the '90s, and while 20/20 isn't the group's best release, it is most definitely not the worst. The CD was named for its distinction of being the band's twentieth release in twenty years. This release includes the Spyro Gyra debut of guest trumpeter Chris Botti (who is wasted on two tracks of poor material). It is representative of the Buffalo band's usual Latin-influenced smooth jazz.

Peak on the US Billboard Top 200 chart: Did not chart

Tracks: Typical, solid SG cuts: The Unwritten Letter, Ruled By Venus, Three Sisters, Together, Dark Eyed Lady, and the cover of James Taylor's Sweet Baby James. The title track and The Deep End aren't the band's best efforts. South American Sojourn tries a little to hard and ends up being derivative of several types of Latin music.

Personal Memory Associated with this CD: With my friend Scott, I saw the group on tour supporting this release at Rockefeller's in Houston after a delicious dinner at Cafe Adobe on Westheimer. A former bank building, Rockefeller's was a great place to see a show. While unfortunately no longer a live music venue, the room itself lives on as Rockefeller Hall, which now operates successfully as a private event facility.

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