Black Rhythm Happening

Black Rhythm Happening

by Eddie Gale

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Black Rhythm Happening

Love it or hate it, trumpeter Eddie Gale's second Blue Note outing as a leader is one of the most adventurous recordings to come out of the 1960s. Black Rhythm Happening picks up where Ghetto Music left off, in that it takes the soul and free jazz elements of his debut and adds to them the sound of the church in all its guises -- from joyous call and response celebration on the title track (and album opener), to the mournful funeral sounds of "Song of Will," to the determined Afro-Latin-style chanting on "Mexico Thing" that brings the pre-Thomas Dorsey gospel to the revolutionary song style prevalent in Zapata's Mexico -- all thanks to the Eddie Gale Singers. Elsewhere, wild smatterings of hard and post-bop ("Ghetto Love Night") and angular modal music ("Ghetto Summertime," featuring Elvin Jones on drums and Joann Stevens-Gale on guitar), turn the jazz paradigm of the era inside out, simultaneously admitting everything in a coherent, wonderfully ambitious whole. There is no doubt that Archie Shepp listened to both Ghetto Music and Black Rhythm Happening before setting out to assemble his Attica Blues project. The album closes with "Look at Teyonda," a sprawling exercise in the deep melding of African and Latin folk musics with the folk-blues, flamenco, and jazz rhythms. Funky horns (courtesy of Gale, Russell Lyle, and Roland Alexander) moan toward Fulumi Prince's startlingly beautiful vocal. Stevens-Gale's guitar whispers the tune into the field before the saxophones and brass come to get it, and when they do, long open lines are offered slowly and deliberately, as Jones' shimmering ride cymbals triple-time the beat into something wholly Other. Black Rhythm Happening is a timeless, breathtaking recording, one that sounds as forward-thinking and militant in the 21st century as it did in 1969.

Product Details

Release Date: 08/20/2013
Label: 4 Men With Beards
UPC: 0646315112818
catalogNumber: 128
Rank: 156582

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Eddie Gale   Primary Artist,Trumpet,Conductor,Group Member
Elvin Jones   Drums
Roland Alexander   Flute,Soprano Saxophone
Charles Davis   Vocals
Henry Pearson   Bass,Group Member
Anna Robinson   Vocals
John "J.R." Robinson   African Drums
Jamie Lyons   Alto Saxophone,Soprano Saxophone
Sylvia Bibbs   Bass,Vocals,Group Member
Paula Nadine Larkin   Vocals,Group Member
Russell Lyle   Flute,Soprano Saxophone,Tenor Saxophone,Group Member
William Norwood   Vocals,Group Member
Prince Falumi   Vocals
Judah Samuel   Bass,Group Member
Joann Stevens-Gale   Vocals
Sondra Walston   Vocals,Group Member
Carol Robinson   Vocals,Group Member
Fulumi Prince   Vocals,Choir Director,Group Member
James Lyons   Alto Saxophone

Technical Credits

Eddie Gale   Arranger,Composer
Hugh Prestwood   Composer
Patrick Roques   Art Direction

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