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Founded in 1974 by saxophonist Jay Beckenstein, Spyro Gyra is one of most successful pop-jazz groups of the past 40 years. Spyro Gyra funded and recorded their self-titled debut album in 1976. Sypro Gyra slowly became a success. Their second album, Morning Dance, became a major hit, spawning a Top 40 single and going platinum. Morning Dance firmly placed Spyro Gyra as one of the most popular artists in contemporary jazz, and throughout the ’80s, their popularity continued growing. Their albums were consistent best-sellers, and their concerts often sold out. In 1983, vibraphonist and marimba player Dave Samuels became a full-fledged member of the band. Over the course of the ’80s, the membership of Spyro Gyra fluctuated, but Jay and Tom Schuman remained at its core, keeping the group’s signature sound intact. In 1990, Spyro Gyra released Fast Forward, their first album for GRP. In 1993, Samuels left the touring band, but he continued to play in the studio. By the late ’90s, the band featured Jay, Tom, Julio Fernandez, Joel Rosenblatt, and Scott Ambush, and released Got the Magic in 1999. Two years later the band moved to the Telarc-affiliated Heads Up label and released In Modern Times in 2001, followed by Original Cinema in 2003. Drummer Rosenblatt left the band and was replaced by Ludwig Afonso for 2004’s Deep End. A fourth Heads Up album, Good to Go-Go, was issued in 2007. 2011 saw them returning to their very first label, Amherst Records in Buffalo, with A Foreign Affair.