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Reviews: Spyro Gyra: Deep End

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Review by avraham December 27, 2004 (5 of 5 found this review helpful)
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I have been an on and off fan of Spyro Gyra since their breakout album 'Morning Dance.' Quite frankly I lost interest in the late eighty's early ninthy's. Their sound became very identifiable and safe. I was also expanding my Jazz interests, rediscovering Miles, starting to really listen to 'Bitches Brew.'
When I discovered SACD a couple of years ago there still wasn't much of a selection of titles in Reno, so I bought almost any album that I could possibly have an interest. So now I have all three Spyro Gyra albums released on SACD. The first two are much the same as I remember, safe. Then I bought 'Deep End' and although Beckenstein is not trying to be another Parker or Coltrane, this album is breaking the Spyro Gyra safe format. I particularly liked the third cut 'Monsoon.'
This is well recorded and has a lush sound in Surround, this is one of the albums where 5.1 really excels. The 2-channel SACD stereo (headphones) isn't as exciting but still sounds great.

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Review by gtj1 December 18, 2005 (2 of 4 found this review helpful)
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I have around 75 hi-rez multi-channel discs, and I would have to put THE DEEP END in the top 5 discs. Amazing sonics / mix, and for the most part, very engaging songs. I had only heard some SG songs on the radio, I didn't own any of their CD's previously. The xylophone used on a couple of songs is fabulous sounding as it floats around in the front stoundstage. #9's IN YOUR ARMS is a wonderful Kenny G style song that is absolutely gorgeous. #11 BEYOND THE RAIN gets a lot of playtime, as does #1 SUMMER FLING, #3 MONSOON, #5 JOBURG JAM and #6 THE CROSSING.


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Review by Frantic June 14, 2006 (0 of 1 found this review helpful)
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This is one of my reference SACD's for demonstration.
Sonically it is near perfect.
Pay special attention to "monsoon" as it will convince everyone of surround superiority!

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