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Fast Forward


Download links and information about Fast Forward by Spyro Gyra, Jay Beckenstein. This album was released in 1990 and it belongs to Jazz, Crossover Jazz, Smooth Jazz genres. It contains 10 tracks with total duration of 48:40 minutes.

Artist: Spyro Gyra, Jay Beckenstein
Release date: 1990
Genre: Jazz, Crossover Jazz, Smooth Jazz
Tracks: 10
Duration: 48:40
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No. Title Length
1. Bright Lights 5:22
2. Para Ti Latino 4:16
3. Alexandra 4:42
4. Ocean Parkway 4:33
5. Speak Easy 5:01
6. Futurephobia 4:23
7. 4Md 4:37
8. Shadow Play 5:06
9. Escape Hatch 5:11
10. Tower of Babel 5:29



Spyro Gyra's first album for MCA after their longtime label, GRP-Crescendo, was absorbed into its corporate parent, 1990's Fast Forward carries the curious band subtitle "featuring Jay Beckenstein." Saxophonist Beckenstein has certainly always been the band's leader, writing a good chunk of the material and producing the albums, but given that the lineup is basically unchanged from the previous few Spyro Gyra albums, the new nomenclature is puzzling. It also goes against Spyro Gyra's entire musical aesthetic, as the group's unabashedly commercial and melodic style works against the traditional jazz concept of soloists and sidemen. Everyone on Fast Forward plays the melody, the whole melody, and nothing but the melody, with no improvisations or sidebars. The resulting tunes are unfailingly pleasant — there's nothing here that would cause anyone to leap immediately to the forward skip button on their CD player — but this relentlessly safe smooth jazz is unfortunately deficient on memorable songs, expressive playing, or foot-tapping tunes. It doesn't really "feature" anyone in particular.