songwriter who joined Spyro Gyra
during the recording of 1979’s Morning
Dance, supplanting Ted Reinhardt.
He remained with them through the 1984 live album, Access All Areas. He co-penned “Cockatoo”,
which appeared on Catching the Sun,
one of two LPs they issued in 1980.
The other was Carnaval,
on which Eli is credited with drums and percussion and for writing “Dizzy”
with Tom Schuman. They also
collaborated on the title track of 1981’s Freetime.
songwriting credits include “100%”, which he co-wrote with one
of Spyro Gyra’s
guitarists, Chet Catallo. The two of them split the band in
1984 and appeared on T Lavitz’s Extended Play. Eli wound up playing drums for Stan
& the Ravens and Phil DiRe’s outfit,
Blue Monday. In 1989, he was a
member of The Dick Bauerle Group, which released …Measure for Measure, and
reflected lyrically with fellow bard, James Richmond, on “Face in the
Mirror”. His “Gamma
Ray” appeared on the albums Heading
for the East and Heading for
In 1990, he
made a precipitous appearance on Jeff Jarvis’s CD, When it Rains. You can also hear him on The Best of Spyro
The First Ten Years and The
Very Best of Spyro Gyra. In 2006, he was a member of Prime
Time Funk, and co-scribed “One Life to Live” for their Ready and Willing CD. On 26th April 2009, he
sat in with Chet Catallo & The Cats for a
special concert commemorating the life of Ralph Ortiz at Rochester, New
York’s Water Street Music Hall.
Some of his compositions can be found in the sheet-music book, The Best of Spyro