Frank Gambale: Raison D' (2004)
I can't say I understand the technicalities; perhaps only Frank Gambale does; but the sound is fresh and luminous, always shimmerings and clean in front of Bill Cobham's distinctively vibrant precision drum work. Gambale employs both his new tuning and the traditional one, painting a keyboard/synthesizer-like glow behind his always crisp soloing. Several of the pieces on this new set have the lush, full sound, rendered by the two guitar tunings, with just bass and drum accompaniment, for a sort of beautifully back to basics fusion sound.
I haven't paid attention to Frank Gambale for the past decade and a half, but Raison D'être tells me I missed out on some good sounds along the way.
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Track Listing: Foreign Country, Cachination, Bittersweet, Table for One, Debut Solo, Melodique, Two Minutes B.C., Kaanapali, May the Fourths Be With You, Monkey Wrench, Smug, Complex Emotions
Personnel: Frank Gambale--Nouveau Tuning guitar and guitar; Bill Cobham--drums; Steve Billman--bass; Ric Fierabracci--bass
Style: Fusion/Progressive Rock