Jay Beckenstein

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Alto (and sometimes soprano) saxophonist Jay Beckenstein founded the highly successful crossover jazz outfit Spyro Gyra in 1974 and led the group throughout more than a quarter-century tenure. Beckenstein…
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Year Album Artist
2016 Summer Madness Richard Elliot Composer
2014 Rock Ballads: The Collection Sax (Soprano)
2013 The Rhinebeck Sessions Spyro Gyra Saxophone, Composer
2012 Live & Extensions The Manhattan Transfer Composer
2012 The Fusion Syndicate The Fusion Syndicate Saxophone, Primary Artist
2011 A Foreign Affair Spyro Gyra Saxophone, Composer
2010 Calling All Hearts Keyshia Cole Composer, Composer/Lyricist
2009 Down the Wire Spyro Gyra Producer, Member of Attributed Artist, Saxophone, Group Member, Composer
2009 Jazz and World Music Sampler Saxophone, Composer
2008 A Night Before Christmas Spyro Gyra Producer, Audio Production, Member of Attributed Artist, Saxophone, Composer
2008 Greatest Hit (....And 21 Other Pretty Cool Songs) Dream Theater Sax (Soprano), Sax (Alto)
2008 To Grover, With Love Jason Miles Engineer, Audio Engineer, Featured Artist, Sax (Soprano)
2008 Weather Channel Presents: Smooth Jazz II Composer
2007 20th Century Masters - The Millennium Collection: The Best of Spyro Gyra Spyro Gyra Composer
2007 Collaboration David Hillis Composer
2007 Good to Go-Go Spyro Gyra Member of Attributed Artist, Saxophone, Group Member, Composer
2007 Jazz Club: Jazz for the Road Saxophone
2007 Mastercuts: Jazz Funk Audio Production
2007 Steel Away! J. Robert Composer
2007 Tropea, Vol. 10: The Time Is Right Steve Gadd / Anthony Jackson / John Tropea Composer
2007 XM: Watercolors - Red [Circuit City Exclusive] Producer, Saxophone, Composer
2006 Smooth Sounds of the Season, Vol. 1 [Circuit City Exclusive] Arranger, Sax (Alto)
2006 Telarc SACD Sampler: Sound and Vision Producer, Saxophone, Group Member
2006 The Dutchess Fergie Composer, Composer/Lyricist
2006 What's Going On? Jason Miles Main Personnel, Sax (Alto)
2006 Wrapped in a Dream Spyro Gyra Producer, Audio Production, Photography, Member of Attributed Artist, Vocals, Flute, Saxophone, Sax (Soprano), Sax (Alto), Sax (Tenor), Keyboards, Percussion, Composer
2006 XM: Watercolors - Blue [Circuit City Exclusive] Producer, Saxophone, Composer
2005 Telarc & Heads Up Sampler 5 [SACD] Producer, Saxophone, Composer
2004 100% Handmade Bluegrass Composer
2004 Alternating Currents Denys Baptiste Composer
2004 Best of Bob James [JVC Japan] Bob James Sax (Alto)
2004 Coast to Coast Maximum Grooves Sax (Tenor), Primary Artist
2004 In a Smooth Groove Saxophone
2004 KKSF 103.7 FM Sampler for AIDS Relief, Vol. 15 Composer
2004 Plain Dirt Fashion/Partners Brothers and Friends The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band Composer
2004 Teenage Kicks Flamin' Groovies Composer
2004 The Deep End Spyro Gyra Audio Production, Member of Attributed Artist, Saxophone, Composer
2004 Top Tunes: Guy Country Funpack, Vol. 1 Top Tunes Composer
2003 Heads Up Sampler Producer, Saxophone, Composer
2003 In the Name of Love Freddy Cole Guest Artist, Sax (Soprano)
2003 Original Cinema Spyro Gyra Producer, Composer
2003 Overseas Eivind Opsvik Composer
2003 Smooth Africa, Vol. 2: Exploring the Soul Composer
2003 The Liquid Acrobats United Dope Front Composer
2003 WJJZ 106.1: Smooth Jazz Sampler, Vol. 10 - Tenth Anniversary Composer
2002 Brazilian Nights Jason Miles Sax (Alto)
2002 Brazilian Nights Featuring Romero Lubambo Jason Miles Sax (Alto)
2002 Latin Sax Moods Edgar Abraham Composer
2002 Mastercuts: The Best of Jazz Funk Composer
2002 Rio Wave Brazilian Nights Guest Artist, Sax (Alto)
2002 Songs of Tim McGraw Composer
2002 The Very Best of Spyro Gyra Spyro Gyra Producer, Saxophone, Wind Synthesizer, Composer
2002 To Grover, With Love Jason Miles Sax (Alto), Primary Artist
2002 Urban Life The V.I.P. Club Sax (Soprano)
2001 Butterfly Special EFX Guest Artist, Sax (Soprano)
2001 In Modern Times Spyro Gyra Composer
2001 Live Scenes from New York Dream Theater Guest Artist, Sax (Soprano), Saxophone
2001 Restoration: The Best of Bob James Bob James Sax (Alto)
2001 Telarc Sampler Producer, Saxophone, Sax (Soprano), Composer
2001 Telegraph June Star Composer
2001 UK Hard NRG Swedish Egil Composer
2000 A Love Affair: The Music of Ivan Lins Jason Miles Sax (Alto)
2000 BET on Jazz: For the Love of Jazz Performer, Composer, Primary Artist
2000 Celebrating the Music of Weather Report Jason Miles Sax (Soprano)
2000 Eye Contact Jay Beckenstein Primary Artist
2000 Penumbra Rosin Coven Composer
2000 Super Hits The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band Composer
2000 The Weird Tapes No. 1: Dave Brock, Sonic Assassins Hawkwind Composer
2000 Through Her Eyes Dream Theater Sax (Alto)
2000 Weaver of Visions: The Kate Wolf Antholgy Kate Wolf Composer
1999 Billboard Top Contemporary Jazz: Pop Composer
1999 Jazz Noel Saxophone
1999 Listen Chuck Loeb Sax (Alto)
1999 Piano Strings 101 Strings Composer
1999 Silent Sounds: Wonders of Nature - Water Composer
1999 Smooth Sounds [Razor & Tie] Composer
1999 Somewhere in the Night Mercedes Hall Sax (Alto)
1999 Sun Dance: Summer Solstice Performer, Primary Artist
1999 Tango del Fuego James Galway Composer
1999 Wonders of Nature [Madacy] Composer
1998 Contemporary Jazz Collection Producer, Saxophone, Composer
1998 Once in a LIVEtime Dream Theater Sax (Alto)
1998 Smooth Moods Composer
1998 Tequila: The Very Best of the Champs [Collectables] The Champs Composer
1997 101 Strings with Piano 101 Strings Composer
1997 20/20 Spyro Gyra Producer, Saxophone, Composer
1997 Contemporary Jazz Christmas Arranger, Sax (Alto)
1997 Cool Cuts for a Hot Summer Day Producer
1997 Deep in the Night Rick Rhodes Saxophone
1997 On the Move Jason Carter Composer
1997 Party Request Series, Vol. 4: Cocktail Composer
1997 Road Scholars Spyro Gyra Producer, Saxophone, Composer
1997 The Best of Spyro Gyra: The First Ten Years Spyro Gyra Saxophone, Horn, Piano (Electric), Composer
1997 The Instrumental History of Jazz Sax (Alto), Composer
1996 Heart of the Night Spyro Gyra Producer, Saxophone, Composer
1996 Mr. X Jason Miles / Mr. X Guest Artist, Sax (Soprano), Primary Artist
1995 100% Summer Jazz Composer
1995 A I Got No Kick Against Modern Jazz Producer, Saxophone
1995 Basia on Broadway Basia Sax (Soprano)
1995 David Broza [1995] David Broza Sax (Soprano)
1995 David Broza [Compilation] David Broza Sax (Soprano)
1995 GRP Christmas Collection, Vol. 2 Producer, Arranger, Sax (Alto)
1995 Love & Other Obsessions Spyro Gyra Producer, Composer
1994 Feel the Vibes Producer, Executive Producer
1994 Oracle [1994] Oracle Composer
1994 Yakety Sax [Bear Family] Boots Randolph Composer
1993 Dreams Beyond Control Spyro Gyra Producer, Saxophone, Composer
1993 GRP & Love 94: Cool Jazz & Smooth Vocals, Vol. 2 Producer
1993 GRP Presents Todays Cool Jazz: CD 101.9 Radio Sampler Producer
1993 Lift Off Robert Hohner Composer
1993 Live at the Marquee Dream Theater Guest Artist
1993 We're All in This Together Producer
1993 World of Contemporary Jazz Groups: GRP Gold Encore Series Producer, Saxophone, Composer
1992 Del Sol Dave Samuels Executive Producer
1992 Down at Evangelina's The Acousticats Composer
1992 GRP & KACE 103.9 FM Present: The Smooth Sounds of the Quiet Storm, Vol. 2 Producer
1992 GRP 10th Anniversary Collection Saxophone, Synthesizer
1992 Images and Words Dream Theater Guest Artist, Sax (Soprano)
1992 KIFM - Jazz San Diego Style, Vol. 3 Producer
1992 Livewire Cooley Live Composer
1992 Music Land & GRP: Got What's Hot in Jazz Producer, Composer
1992 Three Wishes Spyro Gyra Producer, Composer, Saxophone
1991 Classic Jazz-Funk, Vol. 1 [Mastercuts] Composer
1991 Collection Spyro Gyra Composer
1991 Collection Lee Ritenour Composer
1991 GRP & KBLX Presents: The Quiet Storm - 102.9 FM & 1400 AM Producer
1991 Greatest Hits [Video] The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band Composer
1991 KACE: Smooth Sounds of the Quiet Storm Producer
1991 KIFM: Smooth Sounds of San Diego, Vol. 2 Producer, Composer
1991 Natural Selection Dave Samuels Producer, Saxophone
1991 WQCD: Cool Sounds of CD 101.9, Vol. 4 Producer
1990 Extremities Tom Schuman Producer, Sax (Soprano)
1990 Fast Forward Spyro Gyra Producer, Saxophone, Composer
1990 WNUA 95.5: Smooth Sounds, Vol. 3 Producer
1989 Away from Home David Broza Sax (Soprano)
1989 Point of View Spyro Gyra Producer, Saxophone, Composer
1989 Ten Degrees North Dave Samuels Producer
1988 Drive Béla Fleck Composer
1988 Living Colors Dave Samuels Producer
1988 Rites of Summer Spyro Gyra Producer, Saxophone, Synthesizer, Wind Synthesizer, Composer
1987 DOU3LE Double Composer
1987 Portrait Lee Ritenour Composer
1987 Stories Without Words Spyro Gyra Producer, Saxophone, Composer
1987 The Manhattan Transfer Live The Manhattan Transfer Composer
1986 Breakout Spyro Gyra Producer, Lyre, Saxophone, Lyricon, Composer
1985 Alternating Currents Spyro Gyra Producer, Saxophone, Lyricon, Composer
1985 Run for Cover Gary Moore Composer
1984 Access All Areas Spyro Gyra Producer, Saxophone, Percussion, Composer
1983 City Kids Spyro Gyra Producer, Saxophone, Sax (Soprano), Sax (Alto), Lyricon, Percussion, Composer
1982 Hands Down Bob James Sax (Alto)
1982 Incognito Spyro Gyra Saxophone, Percussion, Whistle (Instrument), Composer
1982 Morning Dance/Catching the Sun Spyro Gyra Saxophone, Percussion, Composer
1981 All Around the Town Bob James Saxophone
1981 Freetime Spyro Gyra Saxophone, Percussion, Composer
1981 Sign of the Times Bob James Sax (Alto)
1980 Carnaval Spyro Gyra Producer, Saxophone, Sax (Alto), Piano, Composer
1980 Catching the Sun Spyro Gyra Producer, Saxophone, Sax (Alto), Fender Rhodes, Synthesizer, Percussion, Horn Arrangements, Composer
1980 Orleans [1980] Orleans Saxophone, Sax (Alto)
1979 Crossection Producer, Composer
1979 Danger Money U.K. Composer
1979 Extensions The Manhattan Transfer Composer
1979 Morning Dance Spyro Gyra Saxophone, Sax (Alto), Percussion, Composer
1978 Spyro Gyra Spyro Gyra Producer, Arranger, Saxophone, Sax (Soprano), Sax (Alto), Sax (Tenor), Percussion, Composer
1972 Songs of the Muskogee Creek, Pt. 2 Composer
...Better Off Live Sound of Vision Composer
100 Jazz Composer
All In Scott Wilkie Featured Artist, Saxophone
GRP 30: The Digital Master Company 30th Anniversary Composer, Producer, Saxophone
New York Nightline Jorge Dalto Member of Attributed Artist, Sax (Alto)
Of Alien Feelings Calvin Weston Saxophone
Saxophone at Sunset Composer
Soul Suite: Urban Lounge Essentials Composer
Summer Solstice [Valley] Primary Artist
Sunday Brunch Smooth Jazz Composer
The Prog Box Primary Artist
Vita Da Altoparlante Barbara Raimondi Composer
WQCD - Cool Sounds of CD 101.9, Vol. 3 Producer, Performer, Primary Artist