Eddie Gale

A Minute With Miles

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The music that trumpeter Eddie Gale (best known for playing with Cecil Taylor) and his quintet performs is creative post-bop and modal music. The songs (seven of which are originals by the leader) are colorful but the erratic tones of Gale and saxophonist Ismael Navarrete are often not up to the level of the music. The rhythm section, led by pianist Larry Willis (who in this setting shows off the influence of McCoy Tyner) is driving and tight, uplifting the performances a bit; Willis easily takes solo honors. Although meant as a tribute of sorts to Miles Davis, Gale usually does not sound much like the older trumpeter and none of the music has anything to do with Davis. Best is the adventurous "A Minute With Miles" and Gale's muted playing is not bad on "Because of You." Worst is a version of "When the Saints Go Marching In" (the second part of a medley with "Nobody Knows the Trouble I've Seen") on which both horns seem to get lost during their spots and the solos are aimless in the extreme. Considering that Mapleshade's releases are usually consistently rewarding, A Minute With Miles is a surprise disappointment.

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