The band Spiro Gyra was founded in Buffalo, New York in 1974. It was a group of jazz and rock musicians that played in the local bar scene. When asked by a bartender what the band’s name was, founding member and saxophonist Jay Beckenstein told him “spirogyra,” after a form of algae. The bartender wrote the name as Spiro Gyra, and the rest is history. Currently, the band consists of Beckenstein, keyboardist Tom Schuman, bassist Scott Ambush, guitarist Julio Fernandez, and drummer Lionel Cordew. Their most recent album is 2013’s The Rhinebeck Sessions, a live album; their most recent studio album is 2011’s A Foreign Affair, according to their website.
“Morning Dance” was the title track from their 1979 album. It reached #24 on the Hot 100 and #1 on the Adult Contemporary chart, while the album reached #27 on the Top 200 albums chart.
“Cafe Amore” was from the band’s fourth release, 1980’s Carnaval. It reached #77 on the Hot 100 and #14 on the Adult Contemporary chart.
Spiro Gyra, your Two for Tuesday, October 9, 2018.