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Catching the Sun is the third album by the American jazz group Spyro Gyra, released in 1980 on MCA Records. The album was given gold status by the RIAA on June 5, 1985.[1]

Catching the Sun
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Artwork by Peter Corriston
Studio album by
ReleasedFebruary 1980
Recorded1979
StudioSecret Sound Studios, New York
GenreJazz, jazz fusion
Length40:21
LabelMCA
ProducerJay Beckenstein and Richard Calandra
Spyro Gyra chronology
Morning Dance
(1979)
Catching the Sun
(1980)
Carnaval
(1980)

At Billboard magazine, Catching the Sun reached No. 19 on the Top 200 albums chart.[2] The song "Catching the Sun" reached No. 15 on the Adult Contemporary singles chart[3] and No. 68 on the Hot 100 singles chart.[4] The song "Percolator" peaked at No. 48 on the Adult Contemporary singles chart.[3] In Canada, the album reached No. 80 in the Top 100 Album chart[5].

Contents

Track listing and personnelEdit

  1. "Catching the Sun" (Jay Beckenstein) – 4:42
  2. "Cockatoo" (all members) – 4:04
    • Jay Beckenstein – tenor saxophone, percussion
    • Tom Schuman – Fender Rhodes, synthesizer solos
    • Chet Catallo – electric rhythm guitar
    • Will Lee – bass guitar
    • Eli Konikoff – drums
    • Gerardo Velez – percussion, bongos
    • Jeremy Wall – percussion
    • Richard Calandra – percussion
    • Randy Brecker – trumpet solo
  3. "Autumn of Our Love" (Jeremy Wall) – 5:09
    • Jay Beckenstein – alto and soprano saxophones
    • Tom Schuman – Fender Rhodes
    • Chet Catallo – electric rhythm guitar
    • Jim Kurzdorfer – bass guitar
    • Eli Konikoff – drums
    • Jeremy Wall – synthesizers
    • John Tropea – acoustic guitar, electric guitar solo
    • Rubens Bassini – congas
  4. "Laser Material" (Tom Schuman) – 4:59
    • Jay Beckenstein – soprano saxophone
    • Tom Schuman – Fender Rhodes, synthesizers & effects
    • Chet Catallo – electric rhythm guitar
    • Will Lee – bass guitar
    • Eli Konikoff – drums
    • Gerardo Velez – percussion
    • Richard Calandra – percussion
    • John Tropea – electric rhythm and solo guitar
    • Dave Samuels – marimba
    • Steve Nathan – clavinet
    • Randy Brecker – trumpet solo
  5. "Percolator" (Jay Beckenstein) – 2:28
    • Jay Beckenstein – alto saxophone
    • Tom Schuman – Fender Rhodes, synthesizers
    • Chet Catallo – electric guitar
    • Will Lee – bass guitar
    • Eli Konikoff – drums
    • Gerardo Velez – percussion
    • Hiram Bullock – electric rhythm & lead guitars
    • Dave Samuels – marimba, vibraphone
    • Rubens Bassini – percussion
  6. "Philly" (Jim Kurzdorfer) 4:18
    • Jay Beckenstein – alto saxophone
    • Tom Schuman – Fender Rhodes, acoustic piano, synthesizer
    • Chet Catallo – electric guitar solo
    • Jim Kurzdorfer – bass guitar
    • Eli Konikoff – drums
    • John Tropea – rhythm guitar
    • Rubens Bassini – congas
    • Barry Rogers – trombone solo
  7. "Lovin' You/Lovin' You (for Christine) (Chet Catallo)" – 4:41
    • Chet Catallo – electric guitars
    • Jay Beckenstein – alto saxophone, synthesizer
    • Tom Schuman – Fender Rhodes, synthesizer solo
    • Will Lee – bass guitar
    • Eli Konikoff – drums
    • Jeremy Wall – string synthesizers
    • Rubens Bassini – percussion
  8. "Here Again" (Jay Beckenstein) – 4:56
    • Jay Beckenstein – soprano saxophone
    • Tom Schuman – Fender Rhodes, acoustic piano
    • Chet Catallo – electric guitars
    • Jim Kurzdorfer – bass guitar
    • Eli Konikoff – drums
    • Gerardo Velez – bongos, percussion
    • Jeremy Wall – synthesizer
    • John Tropea – acoustic guitar
    • Dave Samuels – vibraphone
    • Rubens Bassini – congas, percussion
  9. "Safari" (Jeremy Wall) – (4:52)
    • Jay Beckenstein – alto saxophone
    • Tom Schuman – Fender Rhodes, synthesizers solo
    • Will Lee – bass guitar
    • Eli Konikoff – drums
    • Gerardo Velez – percussion
    • Jeremy Wall – synthesizers
    • Hiram Bullock – guitars
    • Dave Samuels – marimba
    • Rubens Bassini – congas, percussion
    • Barry Rogers – trombone solo

ChartsEdit

Chart (1980) Peak
position
Billboard Jazz Albums[6] 1

External linksEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Gold & Platinum - RIAA". RIAA. Retrieved 16 May 2017.
  2. ^ "Spyro Gyra - Chart history". Billboard. Retrieved 16 May 2017.
  3. ^ a b "Spyro Gyra - Chart history". Billboard. Retrieved 16 May 2017.
  4. ^ "Spyro Gyra - Chart history". Billboard. Retrieved 16 May 2017.
  5. ^ "RPM Top 100 Albums - May 24, 1980" (PDF).
  6. ^ "Spyro Grya US albums chart history". allmusic.com. Retrieved March 9, 2013.