Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Eric Gale - 1977 - Multiplication

Eric Gale 

01. Oh! Mary Don't You Weep 7:20
02. Thumper 5:50
03. Multiplication 5:20
04. Morning Glory 8:25
05. Gypsy Jello 4:50
06. Sometimes I Feel Like A Motherless Child 5:21

Eric Gale - guitar
Bob James - Fender Rhodes, Oberheim Polyphonic, clavinet
Richard Tee - organ
Grover Washington, Jr. (#3-5), Hank Crawford (#6) - saxophone solo
Willie Weeks (#1,2,5,6), Alphonso Johnson (#3,4) - bass
Anthony Jackson - additional bass (#3,4)
Steve Gadd - drums
Andrew Smith - additional drums (#3)
Ralph MacDonald - percussion
Marvin Stamm, Lew Soloff, Randy Brecker, Jon Faddis - trumpet
David Taylor - bass trombone
Wayne Andre, Paul Faulise - trombone
Eddie Daniels - tenor saxophone
Jerry Dodgion - alto saxophone
David Nadien - concertmaster
David Nadien, Max Pollikoff, Marvin Morgenstern, Harry Lookofsky, Matthew Raimondi, Max Ellen, LaMar Alsop, Harold Kohon, Harry Cykman - violin
Emanuel Vardi, Barry Finclair - viola
Richard Locker, Charles McCraken - cello

Recorded at Sound Mixers and Media Sound, New York.
Strings and horns recorded at Columbia Recording Studio, New York.

Guitarist Eric Gale made his reputation as a session guitarist during the late 60's and 70's for a host of different artists, as well as being a key member of the jazz/funk group Stuff. As part of Sony's Contemporary Masters series, they've put two of Eric Gale's best solo albums together on one CD. "Gingeng Woman" released in 1977 and it's 1978 follow up "Multiplication" were both produced by Bob James and feature excellent support players like Steve Gadd, Ralph McDonald, Grover Washington, Jr., Anthony Jackson, and Richard Tee. Standout tracks from "Ginseng Woman" include "Red Ground", and his cover of Hall & Oates "Sara Smile". "Multiplication's" best cuts include his cover of Lee Ritenour's "Morning Glory" and the traditional "Sometimes I Feel Like A Motherless Child". His later work in the 80's and early 90's occasionally matched the peak he reached with these two albums. Sadly he passed away in 1994 and much of his solo output is out of print. But fortunately these two albums are available, and are most definitely worth checking out.