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Song of the Night: Eddie Gale, “Fulton Street”

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From Eddie Gale’s Ghetto Music.

Allmusic gives it five stars:

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 catalogue — 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 new jazz, it’s ultimately very listenable.

Water Records, part of the same company that issues music under the 4 Men with Beards label, currently has a CD version available on their website. The 180 gram vinyl version is listed on the same website with a release date of 4/16, but is currently out of stock. Chances are it’ll pop up in your favorite record store soon.


Author: Laughter

I like music and philosophy. And baseball.

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