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Eric Gale

Eric Gale was a top studio guitar man, and a first call session player on many dates from the '50's through the '90's. His reliable accompaniment can be appreciated on scores of records as a sideman, and through his own efforts as leader. Born Sept. 20, 1938 in Brooklyn of Barbadian parents, Gale studied chemistry at Niagara University. He took up the double bass when he was 12 years old and also played tenor saxophone, trombone and tuba before he chose the guitar. The basis of his style was formed on the 50s and 60s R&B circuit. He was with the Drifters, Jackie Wilson, the Flamingos and Maxine Brown, before playing in the 60s with King Curtis, Jimmy Smith, David "Fathead" Newman, Mongo Santamaria and Aretha Franklin. In the early 70s Gale became the house guitarist with Creed Taylor's new CTI Records label

ARTICLE: UNDER THE RADAR

Big in Japan: A History of Jazz in the Land of the Rising Sun, Part 1

Read "Big in Japan: A History of Jazz in the Land of the Rising Sun, Part 1" reviewed by Karl Ackermann

Part 1 | Part 2The music market in Japan--second only to the U.S. in terms of revenue--generates more than two-billion dollars in sales annually. Enthusiasts and collectors of jazz recordings had long ago discovered that Japan's robust music scene, and the now virtual accessibility to products have made the country a go-to resource for ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Dave Stryker: Messin’ with Mister T

Read "Messin’ with Mister T" reviewed by Walter Atkins

Veteran jazz guitarist Dave Stryker's history includes playing and recording with the inimitable Stanley Turrentine from 1986 to 1995.His Messin' With Mister T (Strikezone Records), showcasing Turrentine classics, is a timely testimonial to the accomplished tenor's long career and extensive legacy. The legacy begins in the 50's for Turrentine while performing with adept musicians like Lowell ...

Grover Washington, Jr.: Winelight (Hybrid SACD 5.1 Multichannel)

Read "Grover Washington, Jr.: Winelight (Hybrid SACD 5.1 Multichannel)" reviewed by Jeff Winbush

When Grover Washington, Jr. passed away in 1999 the jazz world lost one of its most successful and talented creators, and in his wake a slew of saxophonists have stepped up to fill the void. None have. jny: Philadelphia jazz deejay Bob Perkins said, of Washington, a native of the City of Brotherly Love, “He was ...

ARTICLE: GENERAL ARTICLES

I 10 Cd nel CD Player di... Phil Markowitz

Read "I 10 Cd nel CD Player di... Phil Markowitz" reviewed by Vincenzo Roggero

01. Count Basie/Duke Ellington -The Count Meets the Duke (Columbia -1961). Incontro ai massimi livelli. Sicuramente la sfida ha tirato fuori il meglio da tutti i grandi solisti, che suonano con grande personalità e swing, con Basie e Duke insieme a sciorinare ritornelli blues. Tutto quello che c'è da sapere su come si suona il ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEW

All Star Tribute to Ralph MacDonald at Holy Cross College

Read "All Star Tribute to Ralph MacDonald at Holy Cross College" reviewed by Nigel Campbell

Etienne Charles with his All Star Band Jazz on D Hill Holy Cross College Arima, Trinidad May 11, 2014 On a picturesque plateau above the town of Arima overlooking the distant Caroni plains on the island of Trinidad, the Holy Cross College Alumni produced a jazz event ...

ARTICLE: EXTENDED ANALYSIS

Paul Simon: The Complete Albums Collection

Read "Paul Simon: The Complete Albums Collection" reviewed by John Kelman

If the history books were to be closed on singer/songwriter Paul Simon's career today, he'd have already left a legacy more than sufficient to ensure a substantial chapter. While other emergent songwriters of his day--Leonard Cohen, Bob Dylan and Randy Newman amongst them--have clearly evolved over the years, there's been an underlying approach that's remained consistent ...

NEWS: INTERVIEW

Grover Washington, Jr.

Grover Washington, Jr.

Grover Washington, Jr., was born on this day in 1943 and died on December 17, 1999. He was a tenor, alto and soprano saxophonist who had huge success as a popular artist, in great part because his 1974 album Mister Magic was high on the pop, soul and R&B charts for weeks. He followed with additional ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Kathryn Farmer: Moondance

Read "Moondance" reviewed by C. Michael Bailey

Vocalist Kathryn Farmer brings a very contemporary vision to her jazz singing, one equally informed from the popular and R&B idioms. Her debut, Moondance, offers a spectrum of music treated to her uniquely informed interpretations. Farmer fearlessly re-harmonizes songs for her own visionary purposes, rendering compelling, if not provocative, performances. Strict constructionists who ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Isamu McGregor: Isamu McGregor: Live at the Baked Potato!

Read "Isamu McGregor: Live at the Baked Potato!" reviewed by Ian Patterson

Keyboardist Isamu McGregor has fairly raced out of the blocks, playing or recording with guitarist Wayne Krantz, saxophonist Chris Potter, drummer Ari Hoenig, bassist James Genus, pianist Jean- Michel Pilc, vibraphonist Stefon Harris and vocalist Jimmy Scott--to name but a few--while still just 22 years old. His debut as leader sees him lead his energetic quartet ...


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