Eric Gale

The Best of Eric Gale

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Guitarist Eric Gale's playing encompasses many styles. Hours of session work with the Manhattans on their Carnival recordings, and with countless other artists in the New York area -- R&B, jazz, and blues -- give Gale's solo sides more flavor than an assorted pack of Sunburst candies. The Caribbean-born guitarist's roots show on "De Rabbit," a multitextured song with an island feel and chants. "Oh Mary Don't You Weep" is a gospel/jazz piece that's embellished by a mass choir and reveals yet another side of Gale's chameleon musical personality. "Multiplication" and "Looking Good" are bluesy efforts; the former is a shuffler, the latter, laid-back and down-home. "Trio," the best R&B selection, has an organ cosigning Gale's every guitar lick. Ralph McDonald and Bob James produced the tracks independently, stamping their respective selections with their signature sounds.

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