A Foreign Affair (Spyro Gyra album)

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A Foreign Affair
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Studio album by
ReleasedSeptember 13, 2011 (2011-09-13)
RecordedClubhouse Recording Studios
Genre Jazz
Length60:47
Label Amherst
Producer Spyro Gyra
Spyro Gyra chronology
Down the Wire
(2009)
A Foreign Affair
(2011)
The Rhinebeck Sessions
(2013)

A Foreign Affair is an album by American jazz fusion band Spyro Gyra. The album is the story of five men and their love affair with music. The album contains a Hindi song Khuda sung by Arijit Singh, composed by Sandeep Chowta and co-produced by Chowta and Spyro Gyra. It is the first time a Western group has released a song with lyrics entirely in Hindi. [1]

Contents

Track listing

No.TitleMusicArtist(s)Length
1."Caribe" Jay Beckenstein Spyro Gyra5:27
2."Khuda" Shabbir Ahmed, Sandeep Chowta Arijit Singh 4:44
3."Sweet Ole Thang"Bonnie BonaparteSpyro Gyra4:26
4."Falling Walls"Julio FernándezSpyro Gyra6:31
5."Shinjuku" Tom Schuman Spyro Gyra5:08
6."Chileno Boys" David Broza, Alberto Ríos Fernandez6:23
7."Samba for Two"SchumanSpyro Gyra5:18
8."Canção de Ninar"BeckensteinSpyro Gyra4:21
9."Antigua"BeckensteinSpyro Gyra6:29
10."Last Call" Fred Knoblock, Danny O'Keefe Keb' Mo' 4:36
11."Dancing on Table Mountain" Scott Ambush Spyro Gyra7:24
Total length:60:47

Release and chart history

The album was released on September 13, 2011. Upon release the album was positioned at No. 2 on the Billboard 200 Albums chart. [1]

Release history

RegionDateFormatLabelRef.
United StatesSeptember 13, 2011CDAmherst
IndiaDigital Sony [2]
United KingdomFebruary 13, 2012CDIn-Akustik

Critical reception

AllMusic's Jonathan Widran opined that "the most interesting tracks are the beautiful, poignant vocal tracks by Keb' Mo' and Fernandez" and stated the band "still had something fresh to say while fearlessly entering their fifth decade of recording". [3] JazzTimes's Brian Soergel concluded the review stating "this is the CD that many casual Spyro Gyra fans have been waiting for". [4] Howard Dukes from Soul Tracks praised the songs in the album and stated "The ease in which the band amalgamates different international influences on A Foreign Affair is a reminder of why we call music the international language". [5]

Personnel

Credits for A Foreign Affair are adapted from AllMusic [6] and Discogs. [7]

Spyro Gyra

Additional musicians

Production

Studios

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References

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  4. "A Foreign Affair Review by Brian Soergel". Brian Soergel. JazzTimes. October 9, 2011. Retrieved December 4, 2014.
  5. "Spyro Gyra - A Foreign Affair (Advance Review)". Howard Dukes. Soul Tracks. October 9, 2011. Retrieved December 4, 2014.
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