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Eric Gale (Brooklyn, New York, 20 September 1938 - Baja California, Mexico, 25 May 1994) was a leading American jazz and session guitarist.

He began playing guitar at the age of 12. Although he majored in chemistry at Niagara University, Gale was determined to pursue a musical career, and began contributing to accompaniments for such stars as Maxine Brown, The Drifters, and Jesse Belvin. He soon began to attract the attention of King Curtis and Jimmy Smith, who began recommending him for studio work. He became known first as a session musician in the 1960s, eventually appearing on an estimated 500 albums. Among the many artists he recorded with were Aretha Franklin, Paul Simon, Lena Horne, Quincy Jones, Grover Washington Jr., Herbie Mann, Esther Phillips, Lalo Schifrin, Joe Cocker, Carly Simon, Van Morrison, and Billy Joel. He also had a spell in Aretha Franklin's stage band.

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ERIC GALE Forecast album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Funk Jazz 1973
ERIC GALE Negril album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Funk Jazz 1975
ERIC GALE Ginseng Woman album cover 3.00 | 2 ratings
Ginseng Woman
RnB 1976
ERIC GALE Multiplication album cover 3.50 | 1 ratings
RnB 1977
ERIC GALE Part of You album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Part of You
Funk Jazz 1979
ERIC GALE Touch of Silk album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Touch of Silk
Funk Jazz 1980
ERIC GALE Blue Horizon album cover 2.50 | 1 ratings
Blue Horizon
RnB 1981
ERIC GALE In The Shade Of A Tree album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
In The Shade Of A Tree
Funk Jazz 1982
ERIC GALE Island Breeze album cover 2.50 | 2 ratings
Island Breeze
RnB 1983
ERIC GALE In A Jazz Tradition album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
In A Jazz Tradition
Funk Jazz 1987
ERIC GALE Let's Stay Together album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Let's Stay Together
Funk Jazz 1988
ERIC GALE Utopia album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Funk Jazz 1998

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ERIC GALE Ginseng Woman / Multiplication album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Ginseng Woman / Multiplication
Funk Jazz 1990
ERIC GALE Island Breeze / Blue Horizon album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Island Breeze / Blue Horizon
RnB 2005
ERIC GALE Part Of You/Touch Of Silk album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Part Of You/Touch Of Silk
Funk Jazz 2012
ERIC GALE Ginseng Woman/ Multiplication album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Ginseng Woman/ Multiplication
RnB 2013
ERIC GALE Blue Horizon / Island Breeze album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Blue Horizon / Island Breeze
RnB 2016
ERIC GALE The Essential Eric Gale album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
The Essential Eric Gale
Funk Jazz 2017

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ERIC GALE Island Breeze

Album · 1983 · RnB
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As you can easily guess, the further down we get into Gale’s discography, the further away we get from quality music and the more we delve into insipid pop/muzak, however well made it might be. Of course the arrival of that dreaded 80’s decade did not make things easier, but at least the Gale Gang wasn’t about to cede into the awful technology trends that abounded in that sad era. Indeed, no Casio synths, no Rhythm machine or awful Synclaviers that dulled every fiery note. It also helps that Bob James was still around for the production and writing of some tracks (would you believe that these are easily the best on the album?), and that the usual suspects McDonald brothers (percussions) are still around.

Opening on the BJ-penned Boardwalk, we are facing a lukewarm instrumental Latin jazz-rock piece that simply won’t be matched for the rest of the album. And to make matters worse, the following We’ll Make It is an awful honey-dipped sugar ballad with Sandy Barber holding the spit receptacle. Some might actually like that kind of shallow musical crud, but I’d rather not meet them – and more than likely, it’s reciprocal. The following My Momma Told Me So is an acceptable instrumental light funk-jazz. However, the title track presents a shallow soft-calypso or other Caribbean–origined rhythm, but outside the kitsch or not considerations, the music is flawless and enjoyable if you’re into tropical dance club scene. As soon as the first note of the BJ-penned and produced Dark Romance, you’re instantly pleased with the depth of the musical landscape that had disappeared since the opening track: not that the mid-paced but lengthy piece is all that enthralling, but BJ’s Rhodes and synths make the difference and allow Gale’s brilliant guitar some respectful counterattacks. Easily the second-best track of the album. As for the album-closing I Know That (Not) Right, it’s an awful disco-funk that will get your “booty” moving on the dance floor, but you’d better rely on better stuff (though it’s not that bad either) if you want to pack her into your bed.

Well, despite the old CTI usual suspects’ presence IB is an album that doesn’t hold enough excellent material to really want to keep this album in your shelves: two relatively good BJ-penned instrumental tracks, two more instrumental bordering on the nauseating and two awful sung dreck, though the later disco thing is better than that soppy ballad… Better pass on this one.

ERIC GALE Multiplication

Album · 1977 · RnB
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The perfect companion album to Ginseng Woman, Multiplication was released the following year and features many of the usual suspects present in its predecessor, with the noteworthy addition of bassist Alphonso Johnson, who opens the album on fretless bass. To nsay that the album is inducing excitement enough to provoke its title would be the overstatement of that decade. We’ve got an honest soul-jazz-funk album, with its strengths (impeccable musicianship) and its weaknesses (failure to really enthral and horn and strings over- production)

While relatively interesting in its musical developments, the lengthy opening Morning Glory track will never give me one, despite many gorgeous Bob James arrangements, because its lacks the necessary energy and excitement. Good but not awesome or excellent. Past a promising intro, Gypsy Jello is a mid-tempo boring slightly funk-jazz featuring a good Grover sax solo that had been done hundreds of time before and thousands since. The smooth lo-paced Sometimes holds moments of brilliant musicianship. The gospel blues Mary Don’t you weep is graced (or marred) with a massive church choir section, where BJ’s piano and Gale’s guitar sharing the spotlight. While not bad a track, it’s definitely out of topic with the rest of the album and overstays its welcome halfway through. The more powerful track on the album is the aptly-titled Thumper, with plenty of energy and vitality, but still failing in the spunk dept. Maybe the album’s highlight, it doesn’t suffer from the usual over-production that plagues a lot of the CTI albums. The closing title track is a boring upbeat over-brassy compo that doesn’t prompt you to replay the album.

Don’t get me wrong, this album is filled with the occasional brilliant moment (more so than the preceding GW) and all the musos are absolutely flawless in the execution of the album.

ERIC GALE Ginseng Woman

Album · 1976 · RnB
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Yet another typical CTI-label recording artiste, guitarist Eric Gale’s mid-to-late-70’s albums are your typical soul-jazz-funk album that emanated by the precursor of the not-yet born soft-jazz. Produced by Bob James on composition and keyboards, GW features other CTI artistes like Grover, McDonald and others like the Brecker bros and even Steve Gadd on drums for two tracks. With an evocative artwork, the album could hint at fiery JR/F, but it’s anything but fiery or even exciting… just barely enthralling at times.

Opening on the BJ-penned and typically over-produced title track, the album starts out with a funk and slightly disco feel, but the short following Red Ground fails to hold the tempo or/and the interest. As for the Hall & Oates cover of Sarah Smile, it’s adapted in a reggae groove, but the over-sweet soft vocal arrangements make it nearly laughable. Gale fools us with his soft bluesy intro guitar solo, as the De Rabbit track veers into funky crap that will embarrass you if you pull the album over the turntable in front of your music buddies. Excellent brass arrangement and guitar solo, but overall, this is a pure waste of talent and studio space. The soporific She’s My Lady is best forgotten, unless you like that kind of over-sweet and over-produced ballad. Brilliant guitar and flawless execution, but ultimately, it’s utterly boring stuff. The closing upbeat funky East End is rather interesting at first, but by the brass chorus, it’s already overstayed its welcome

A typical later-70’s CTI label product, don’t say I didn’t warn you. But I guess if you’re investigating Gale, you’re probably already familiar with the label’s average output, so it’s not like you’re in for a mega surprise. Your call on this kind of stuff, but I’ll pass on this for much more exciting stuff.

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