Eddie Gale Quintet featuring Larry Willis

Eddie’s an unsung jazz trumpeter. He built up his chops under the tutelage of modernist greats Sun Ra, Cecil Taylor, John Coltrane and Larry Young. His knock-out performances landed him a record deal with Blue Note in ’68. After fading from the New York scene in the ’70s, this CD marks Eddie’s return. The Village Voice calls this one of “the best jazz records for 1993”. Eddie’s joined here by Larry Willis on piano, young lion Ben Allison on bass and Jimmy Lyon’s virtuoso drummer Paul Murphy. This is the group’s homage to Miles Davis’ own journey through jazz. (#01132)

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Eddie Gale, trumpet
Larry Willis, piano
Ismael Navarrete, tenor/soprano sax
Ben Allison, bass
Paul Murphy, drums



AFRICAN SUNSHINE (Eddie Gale) - Listen to Sample
HOLIDAY (Eddie Gale)
LIFE FORCE (Eddie Gale)
BECAUSE OF YOU (A.Hammerstein and D.Wilkinson)
WARM (Eddie Gale)
NOBODY KNOWS THE TROUBLE I'VE SEEN* (traditional) - Listen to Full Song
WHEN THE SAINTS GO MARCHIN' IN (traditional) - Listen to Sample
  * Tracks 9 and 10 were recorded as a single medley.



Hi Fi News & Record Review:
reviewed by Ben Watson

Eddie Gale studied trumpet with bebop master Kenny Dorham and in the early 1960s played with Sun Ra during the bandleader's famous residency at Slug's on Manhattan's Lower East Side. He has been scantly recorded, though he did appear on Cecil Taylor's groundbreaking Unit Structures in 1966. Here he uses mainstream pianist Larry Willis and avant-garde drummer Paul Murphy on a suite depicting jazz music from its African origins through swing and bop to modal jazz and beyond. His trumpet is juicy and brave (not a Miles lick in earshot) and his musicians magically responsive: a communiqué from a hidden treasure of creative jazz, a real find.

October 1993

Jazz Now:
reviewed by Geremy Graham

A tribute album without any compositions by or associated with the subject of the tribute, consisting of mostly original tunes. Trumpeter Eddie Gale explains, "I wanted to make something he would have enjoyed listening to." An inspired concept and an inspired album. From the warm easy flow of the opening track to the vivacious stomp of "When the Saints ..." this album grooves. The first recording I've heard that displays this remarkable trumpeter at the height of his powers. Recording quality is excellent and the quintet performs wonderfully. Pianist, Larry Willis' pianistic gymnastics are uncompromisingly precise and Ben Allison, a young bassist from New York, is a real find. The stylistic range on this album is considerable and yet the whole is extremely coherent, mostly due to the cohesiveness of the band. The music has a certain weight to it, a combination of respect, thoughtfulness, and intention that can be breath-taking.

My only complaint is the fade out that concludes Life Force, an energetically dense exploration that will please those familiar with Gale's work in the avant-garde. It sounds to me like the band kept playing and I wish this had either been released in its entirety or that a shorter take had been substituted. That I have to complain about something not on the record is a good indication of just how much I like this release. Highly recommended. Excellent!

July 1992