Eddie Gale's Ghetto Music

Eddie Gale's Ghetto Music

by Eddie Gale


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Eddie Gale's Ghetto Music

The aesthetic and cultural merits of Eddie Gale's Ghetto Music cannot be overstated. That it is one of the most obscure recordings in Blue Note's catalog -- paid for out of label co-founder Francis Wolff's own pocket -- should tell us something. This is an apocryphal album, one that seamlessly blends the new jazz of the '60s -- Gale was a member of the Sun Ra Arkestra before and after these sides, and played on Cecil Taylor's Blue Note debut, Unit Structures -- with gospel, soul, and the blues. Gale's sextet included two bass players and two drummers -- in 1968 -- as well as a chorus of 11 voices, male and female. Sound like a mess? Far from it. This is some of the most spiritually engaged, forward-thinking, and finely wrought music of 1968. What's more is that, unlike lots of post-Coltrane free jazz, it's ultimately very listenable. Soloists come and go, but modes, melodies, and harmonies remain firmly intact. The beautiful strains of African folk music and Latin jazz sounds in "Fulton Street," for example, create a veritable chromatic rainbow. "A Walk with Thee" is a spiritual written to a march tempo with drummers playing counterpoint to one another and the front line creating elongated melodic lines via an Eastern harmonic sensibility. The final cut, "The Coming of Gwilu," moves from the tribal to the urban and everywhere in between using Jamaican thumb piano's, soaring vocals à la the Arkestra, polyrhythmic invention, and good, old-fashioned groove jazz, making something entirely new in the process. While Albert Ayler's New Grass was a failure for all its adventurousness, Eddie Gale's Ghetto Music, while a bit narrower in scope, succeeds because it concentrates on creating a space for the myriad voices of an emerging African-American cultural force to be heard in a single architecture. This is militant music posessed by soul and spirit.

Product Details

Release Date: 10/07/2003
Label: Water
UPC: 0646315711721
catalogNumber: 117
Rank: 92428

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Eddie Gale   Primary Artist,Trumpet,Conductor,Steel Drums,Thumb Piano,Soprano Recorder,Bird Whistle
Arthur Jenkins   Vocals
Artie Jenkins   Vocals
Mildred Weston   Vocals
Elaine Beener   Vocals
Sylvia Bibbs   Vocals
Barbara Dove   Vocals
Joan Gale   Vocals
Evelyn Goodwin   Vocals
Richard Hackett   Drums
Thomas Holman   Drums
Russell Lyle   Flute,Tenor Saxophone
Prince Falumi   Vocals
Thomes "Tokio" Reid   Bass
Norman Right   Vocals
Judah Samuel   Bass
Edward Walrond   Vocals
Sondra Walston   Vocals
Norman Wright   Vocals
Art Jenkins   Vocals
Fulumi Prince   Vocals

Technical Credits

Eddie Gale   Arranger,Composer
Rudy Van Gelder   Engineer
Francis Wolff   Producer
John Norris   Liner Notes
Patrick Roques   Reissue Design
Pat Thomas   Reissue Producer
Richard Graf   Cover Photo

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