The Bob Gallo Quintet: Wake Up Call (2006)
Gallo starts out strongly on the fast-bopping title tune, "Wake Up Call," as well as "Calculated Risk," in which he trades lines with Alex Sipiagin's trumpet and Misha Tsaiganov's piano, showing no mercy and reminding me of guitarist Mark Elf's same facile capability.
While this is all very impressive playing and great stuff to see live in a a club, I was more impressed with Gallo's clean articulation and rounded tones on mid-tempo tunes like "You Bet" or ballads like "Dedication." (The pieces are all originals.) Both Tsiganov and Sipiagin acquit themselves nicely on their respective work on trumpet and piano, and Gallo displays a keen ability to simmer at a slower tempo.
Track Listing: Wake-Up Call; You Bet; Dedication; Commotion, Fat Tuesday; Reflections; Calculated Risk; Nightscape.
Personnel: Bob Gallo: guitar; Boris Kozlov: bass; Alex Sipiagin: trumpet; Misha Tsiganov: piano; Gene Jackson: drums.
Record Label: Self Produced