American Fusion, Jazz-funk band founded in 1974 in Buffalo, New York by Jay Beckenstein. With over 30 album releases, and sold over 10 million copies, the band is a commercially success. The group's name comes from Spirogyra, an algae Beckenstein wrote
about in collage. Misspelled to Spyro Gyra by a club owner introduceing the band, which became the name thereafter.
Spyro Gyra became a full time band in 1976, with an avaerage of 100 concerts per year.
Current line up is Jay Beckenstein, saxophones; Tom Schuman, keyboards; Julio
Fernandez, guitars; Scott Ambush, bass; Lee Pearson, drums.
Past members was Jeremy Wall, Dave Samuels, Chet Catallo, Eli Konikoff, Richard Calandra, Richie Morales, Oscar Cartaya, Dave Wafford, Joel Rosenblatt, Tom Walsh, Bonnie Bonaparte.
Guest musican appearances are bassist Will
Lee, who makes a lot of the groove on Freetime. Marcus Miller, Steve Gadd and Hiram Bullock on Incognito and City Kids. John Tropea, Richard Tee and Toots Thieleman. Bassist Kim Stone and percussionist Manolo Badrena are featureing
on several albums.
Reconmended albums of Spyro Gyra are Catching The Sun, Carnaval, Incognito. The two live albums Access All Areas and Road Scholars. Alternating Currents, Breakout, Dreams Beyond Control, In Modern Times, Good
To Go-Go and The Rhinebeck Sessions.