Legendary jazz great, Eddie Gale, re-releases
"Eddie Gales Ghetto Music" and "Black Rhythm Happening" on CD
and vinyl in a concert benefiting a youth jazz non-profit.
Berkeley, CA (July 3, 2003)- Trumpeter, composer, educator Eddie
Gale will be hosting two (2) intimate concerts and celebrations on the eve of the
re-release of two of his earliest most innovative recordings, originally on the Blue Note
label. The performances will be held at The Jazz House on July 25th and 26th,
at 8:00PM. The Jazz House is a 501(c)3 organization located at 3192 Adeline Street at
Martin Luther King Blvd in Berkeley, CA. Tickets for the event can be purchased at the
door, prior to the show, for $15.
The recordings, Eddie Gales Ghetto Music and
Black Rhythm Happening, were first released in 1968-69 when Blue Note
Records legendary producer, Francis Wolff, signed Gale to the label. Stepping
outside of the usual Blue Note sound, these recordings didnt fit the traditional
jazz sounds of the day, encompassing many of the elements of todays hip-hop and soul
music. Gales use of a vocal ensemble in a jazz context became signature elements to
Gales music and was featured on both releases, each including eleven (11) voices.
Ghetto Music uniquely included two bass players and two drummers. The
Black Rhythm Happening album featured famed jazz artists Elvin Jones and Jimmy
Lyons, as well as Mattathias Pearson and Roland Alexander.
The recordings are being re-released on both CD on the 4 Men with
Beards label, and on 180 gram vinyl via the Water Records label.
About The Jazz House:
The Jazz House is a non-profit jazz music venue created for jazz
performers and fans of all ages. As an alcohol and smoke free environment, we encourage
student involvement as opening acts and audience members. Full details about The Jazz
House can be gathered from www.thejazzhouse.org.