Part of a three album retrospective, The Best of Frank Gambale: Acoustic Side collects a nice cross-section of guitarist Gambale's acoustic jazz and instrumental rock over a 20-year period starting in the late '80s. Gambale has always been a master technician on the fret-board, easily crossing between smooth jazz, instrumental pop, contemporary folk and metal-tinged rock. Here we find him delving into the lighter, more jazz and soft pop side of his playing with the confidence that comes from being a virtuoso. For fans of highly technical, superbly crafted instrumental music that mixes pop and jazz sounds, Acoustic Side will have much to offer and is a solid introduction to Gambale's work.
AllMusic Review by Matt Collar