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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:
02/12/2013
Label:
Bgo - Beat Goes On
UPC:
5017261210784
catalogNumber:
6121078
Rank:
61534

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Eric Gale   Primary Artist,Guitar,Electric Guitar
Patti Austin   Vocals
Hank Crawford   Alto Saxophone,Soloist
Jon Faddis   Trumpet
Bob James   Organ,Synthesizer,Clavinet,fender rhodes,Electronic Drums,Arp 2600
Lew Soloff   Trumpet
Marvin Stamm   Trumpet
George Young   Saxophone
Ralph MacDonald   Percussion,Soloist,Quica
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
Harry Lookofsky   Violin
Anthony Jackson   Bass
Gary King   Bass
Harold Kohon   Violin
Richard Locker   Cello
George Marge   Baritone Saxophone
Charles McCracken   Cello
Marvin Morgenstern   Violin
Max Pollikoff   Violin
Don Puluse   Horn Engineer
Matthew Raimondi   Violin
Alan Rubin   Trumpet
Alan Shulman   Cello
Richard Tee   Organ,Piano
Grover Washington   Saxophone,tin whistle,Soloist
Willie Weeks   Bass
Emanuel Vardi   Viola
Frank Floyd   Vocals
Bill Eaton   Vocals
Dave Taylor   Trombone
Jerry Dodgion   Alto Saxophone
Charles McCracker   Cello
David Taylor   Bass Trombone
Lou Soloff   Trumpet
Mike Brecker   Saxophone
Andrew Smith   Drums
Zack Sanders   Vocals
Roy Simpson   Vocals

Technical Credits

Bob James   Arranger,Producer,Horn Arrangements,String Arrangements,Adaptation
Daryl Hall   Composer
Jay Chattaway   Horn Arrangements,String Arrangements
Eric Gale   Arranger,Composer
Joe Jorgensen   Engineer
John Oates   Composer
Alyn Shipton   Liner Notes
David Wilcox   Cover Painting
Bill Eaton   Arranger,Vocal Arrangements,Horn Arrangements,String Arrangements,Adaptation

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