Original Cinema finds veteran smooth-jazz fusion band Spyro Gyra dabbling in a confluence of genres, including funk, Latin, and soul.

Original Cinema finds veteran smooth-jazz fusion band Spyro Gyra dabbling in a confluence of genres, including funk, Latin, and soul. Not as jam-driven, or adventurous, as the group's concert work (check out the live disc Road Scholars for that fix), it is still the polished product that we have come to expect from Spyro Gyra. The most intriguing cuts are the noir-ish, downtempo, piano- and sax-laden "Dream Sequence," the funky "Big Dance Number," and the ebbing, emotive closer "Flashback." While not really cinematic as the title suggests, these 13 instrumental cuts certainly contain plenty of great grooves and fine solo breaks from all instruments. Safe and very sound, Original Cinema will neither surprise nor disappoint.—AZ

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