Tuesday, August 6, 2013

"Cafe Amore" by Spyro Gyra

Song#:  0483
Date:  02/07/1981
Debut:  89
Peak:  77
Weeks:  5
Genre:  Smooth Jazz, Adult Contemporary

Pop Bits:  Spyro Gyra's final pop chart entry was this first single from their "Carnaval" LP. The album was another jazz hit for them and peaked at #49 on the pop album chart. Although this single would be their last to reach the chart, the group continued pumping out an album a year through to 1990 with their popularity soaring during the 80s. They still recorded albums every 1-2 years from the 90s forward with their most recent one being 2011's "A Foreign Affair." Along the way they have amassed 12 Grammy nominations.

ReduxReview:  Yeah, I'm still not buying what they are trying to sell. The musicians are top-notch, but this style of jazz just doesn't do it for me. If you were sitting at a beach-side bar just talking and drinking and this song was playing, it would be pleasant background music. However, I'd never purposely think "who is this wonderful group?" I can't quite find an appreciation for this stuff.

ReduxRating:  4/10

Trivia:  Their self-titled debut album is one that they funded, recorded, and released on their own. It's popularity attracted the independent label Amherst who repackaged and re-released the album to good success. The label sold the rights to the band to Infinity (MCA) and it was their second album's title track, "Morning Dance" (#24), that broke the band to a wide audience.


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