Part of You/Touch of Silk [Remastered]

Part of You/Touch of Silk [Remastered]

by Eric Gale


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Part of You/Touch of Silk [Remastered]

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.

Product Details

Release Date: 11/13/2012
Label: Bgo - Beat Goes On
UPC: 5017261210753
catalogNumber: 6121075
Rank: 50292

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Eric Gale   Primary Artist,Bass,Guitar
Arthur Blythe   Alto Saxophone
Charles Earland   Organ
Jon Faddis   Horn
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   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   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
Arthur "Skip" Godwin   Engineer
Allen R. Toussaint   Arranger,Producer
Ed Rakowicz   Engineer

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