Ginseng Woman/Multiplication

Ginseng Woman/Multiplication

by Eric Gale
     
 

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BGO's 2013 two-fer pairs Eric Gale's first two albums for Columbia, Ginseng Woman and Multiplication. Both records were produced by Bob James, who brings a synth-savvy snap to these '70s fusion platters, sessions that were designed in the wake of Donald Byrd's vocal-heavy jazz-funk but carry perhaps

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BGO's 2013 two-fer pairs Eric Gale's first two albums for Columbia, Ginseng Woman and Multiplication. Both records were produced by Bob James, who brings a synth-savvy snap to these '70s fusion platters, sessions that were designed in the wake of Donald Byrd's vocal-heavy jazz-funk but carry perhaps just a few too many analog synths. Gale doesn't begin to dominate until Multiplication -- Ginseng Woman is so thoroughly a groove album it's hard to discern solos underneath its pristine veneer -- but soon he starts carving out space for some seriously satisfying single-line runs. And those grooves are enjoyable too -- perhaps the reggae revision of "Sara Smile" doesn't quite gibe and there are certainly too many incidents of thick backing vocals on both albums, making this heavily redolent of its time, but much of the appeal is its polyester shimmer, and when these two records are seen as R&B-heavy fusion workouts, not jazz sessions, they're fun pieces of fleeting mood music.

Product Details

Release Date:
12/29/1990
Label:
Sony
UPC:
0074644686425
catalogNumber:
46864

Tracks

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Eric Gale   Primary Artist,Guitar,Electric Guitar
Patti Austin   Vocals
Michael Brecker   Saxophone
Hank Crawford   Alto Saxophone
Jon Faddis   Trumpet
Bob James   Organ,Clavinet,ARP,fender rhodes,Electronic Drums
Lew Soloff   Trumpet
Marvin Stamm   Trumpet
George Young   Saxophone
Ralph MacDonald   Percussion
David Taylor   Trombone,Bass Trombone
Ray Simpson   Vocals
David Nadien   Violin,Concert Master
Lamar Alsop   Violin,Viola
Wayne Andre   Trombone
Randy Brecker   Trumpet
Vivian Cherry   Vocals
Harry Cykman   Violin
Eddie Daniels   Saxophone,Tenor Saxophone
Max Ellen   Violin
Paul Faulise   Trombone
Barry Finclair   Viola
Steve Gadd   Drums
Paul Gershman   Violin
Harry Glickman   Violin
Lani Groves   Vocals
Diana Halprin   Violin
Anthony Jackson   Bass
Gary King   Bass
Harold Kohon   Violin
Richard Locker   Celli
George Marge   Baritone Saxophone
Charles McCracken   Celli
Marvin Morgenstern   Violin
Max Pollikoff   Violin
Matthew Raimondi   Violin
Alan Rubin   Trumpet
Zachary Sanders   Vocals
Alan Shulman   Celli
Richard Tee   Organ,Piano
Grover Washington   Saxophone,tin whistle
Willie Weeks   Bass
Gary Pacheco   Serp
Emanuel Vardi   Viola
Bill Eaton   Vocals
Andrew Smith   Drums

Technical Credits

Bob James   Arranger,Producer,Contributor,Horn Arrangements,String Arrangements
Jay Chattaway   Horn Arrangements,String Arrangements
Eric Gale   Arranger
Joe Jorgensen   Engineer
Don Pulse   Engineer
Allen Weinberg   Redesign
Bruce Mishkin   Redesign
David Wilcox   Cover Painting
Bill Eaton   Arranger,Vocal Arrangements,Horn Arrangements,String Arrangements,Adaptation

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