THE EDDIE GALE QUINTET featuring LARRY WILLIS:
A Minute With Miles
Eddies 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 Eddies return. The Village Voice calls this one of the best jazz records for 1993. Eddies joined here by Larry Willis on piano, young lion Ben Allison on bass and Jimmy Lyons virtuoso drummer Paul Murphy. This is the groups homage to Miles Davis own journey through jazz. (#01132)
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Hi Fi News & Record Review:
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.
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.