Part of You/Touch of Silk [Remastered]

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All Music Guide - Thom Jurek
Beat Goes On offers two albums on one disc by guitarist Eric Gale, from 1979 and 1980, respectively. Both are notable but for separate reasons. The first record up, Part of You, extrapolates on the template of the CTI sound. Given that it was produced by Ralph MacDonald and arranged by William Eaton and Bernadette Randle, this should come as no surprise. It was recorded in a series of sessions with crack studio players that alternately include drummers Harvey Mason, Steve Gadd, and Idris Muhammad, bassists Anthony Jackson and Neil Jason, large horn and string sections, and guest appearances from Grover Washington, Jr. ("Lookin' Good") and Charles Earland ("Trio"). The set is...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Thom Jurek
Beat Goes On offers two albums on one disc by guitarist Eric Gale, from 1979 and 1980, respectively. Both are notable but for separate reasons. The first record up, Part of You, extrapolates on the template of the CTI sound. Given that it was produced by Ralph MacDonald and arranged by William Eaton and Bernadette Randle, this should come as no surprise. It was recorded in a series of sessions with crack studio players that alternately include drummers Harvey Mason, Steve Gadd, and Idris Muhammad, bassists Anthony Jackson and Neil Jason, large horn and string sections, and guest appearances from Grover Washington, Jr. ("Lookin' Good") and Charles Earland ("Trio"). The set is a balance of polished jazz-funk numbers and beautifully orchestrated ballads. Touch of Silk, released in 1980, is by contrast a much more stripped-down affair. Produced by Allen Toussaint, who also composed five of the set's seven tunes, also held down most of the keyboard chores (save for a guest appearance by Earland), and there are various alternating horn players including Washington, Arthur Blythe, Gary Brown, and Harold Vick. David Barard is the bassist on the session and James Black plays drums on all but two tracks, which feature Muhammad. This groove-laden session allows Gale the opportunity to really shine as a soloist and showcase his bluesy roots. Toussaint's funky, soulful touch is all over the place, even in the most unlikely of places, like on a cover of Charlie Parker's "Au Privave," re-arranged and reimagined as a soul-jazz number. While these recordings were greeted with very mixed reviews at the time of their releases, they've held up extremely well over the decades and sound perhaps better today than they did at the time. They are sophisticated, clean, crisp, and imaginative, while remaining very accessible to the general listener. It should also be noted that BGO's remastering job is nothing short of stellar.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 11/13/2012
  • Label: Bgo - Beat Goes On
  • EAN: 5017261210753
  • Catalog Number: 6121075
  • Sales rank: 37,073

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Let-Me-Slip-It-To-You (5:25)
  2. 2 Part of You (6:20)
  3. 3 Trio (6:22)
  4. 4 Lookin' Good (7:04)
  5. 5 Nezumi (5:44)
  6. 6 Holding On To Love (5:20)
  7. 7 You Got My Life In Your Hands (4:48)
  8. 8 Touch of Silk (5:09)
  9. 9 War Paint (4:24)
  10. 10 Once In a Smile (4:37)
  11. 11 With You I'm Born Again (6:36)
  12. 12 Au Privave (8:45)
  13. 13 Live To Love (4:48)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Eric Gale Primary Artist, Bass, Guitar
Arthur Blythe Alto Saxophone
Charles Earland Organ
Jon Faddis Horn
Al Brown Strings
Ralph MacDonald Percussion
David Taylor Horn
David Nadien Strings
David Barard Bass
James Black Drums
Charles Veal Strings
John Clark Horn
Selwart Clarke Strings
Dave Grusin Piano
Robert Dabon fender rhodes, Mini Moog
Eddie Daniels Horn
Steve Gadd Drums
Paul Gershman Strings
Harry Lookofsky Strings
Idris Muhammad Drums
Anthony Jackson Bass
Neil Jason Bass
Virgil Jones Horn
Richard Locker Strings
Harvey Mason Sr. Drums
Kermit Moore Strings
Marvin Morgenstern Strings
George Opalisky Horn
Matthew Raimondi Strings
Bernadette Randle Piano
Margaret Ross Strings
Alan Rubin Horn
Richard Tee Piano
David Tofani Horn
Harold Vick Tenor Saxophone
Grover Washington Jr. Soprano Saxophone, Tenor Saxophone
Kenneth "Afro" Williams Percussion
Maureen Gallagher Strings
Lucy Stoltzman Strings
Peter Gordon Horn
Gary Brown Saxophone, Alto Saxophone, Tenor Saxophone
Allen R. Toussaint Piano, Vocoder, Mini Moog
Ronald Cuber Horn
Technical Credits
William Eaton Arranger
Quincy Jones Liner Notes
Ralph MacDonald Producer
Richard Alderson Engineer
Eric Gale rhythm arrangement
Rudy Van Gelder Engineer
Peter Keepnews Liner Notes
Bernadette Randle rhythm arrangement
Andrea Klein Cover Design
Charles Waring Liner Notes
Andrew Thompson Remastering
Arthur "Skip" Godwin Engineer
Allen R. Toussaint Arranger, Producer
Ed Rakowicz Engineer
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