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Eric Gale

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Born in Brooklyn, New York, Gale grew up in a diverse household. His paternal grandfather was from Yorkshire, England, that's where the surname Gale came from. He had extended family in Venezuela, when Venezuela was a flourishing and safe place for him as a child. Gale often visited the U.K. and Venezuela as an adolescent, which influenced his style into adulthood. He was fluent in Spanish and German.

Gale started playing the guitar and stand up bass at age 12. At that time, because of his high I.Q. he skipped junior high and was placed in high school. He visited John Coltrane's home after school and sat in on jam sessions, which inspired Gale's readily recognizable style. John Coltrane's wife would provide him with after school snacks which he never forgot. Gale received his Master of Science in chemistry at Niagra University. He was also on the football team. Later, Gale was pursued by Frank Sinatra to work on the hit song "My Way", as mentioned in Frank Sinatra's autobiography. Gale decided to pursue a musical career full-time instead of completing his Ph.D. in Chemistry which did not sit well with his mother, at all.

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Article: Building a Jazz Library

Unconventional Instruments

Read "Unconventional Instruments" reviewed by Karl Ackermann


ECM regularly tops lists of the best jazz labels though their full name--Edition of Contemporary Music--would argue for a broader scope of content. A substantial number of their most popular albums, such as Carla Bley's Escalator Over The Hill (1974), Egberto Gismonti: Dança Dos Escravos (1989), Nils Petter Molvær's Khmer (1997), and many more, are not ...

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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 ...

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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 ...

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Article: Extended Analysis

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: Lyrics

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 ...

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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 ...

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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 ...


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