Music Program

Thursday, September 28, 2006

Co-sponsored/co-presented by:
This concert was supported by a grant from the New York State Music Fund, established by the New York State Attorney General at Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors.

Eddie Gale & Dick Griffin Now Band


Presented at:
Soundlab 110 Pearl St. Buffalo

Eddie Gale (trumpet)
Dick Griffin (trombone)
Michael Hermanson (trombone)
Steve Baczkowski (baritone/tenor sax)
Greg Piontek (contrabass)
John Bacon (drums)

“Having developed his skills amongst the cream of New York's hard bop players (jamming with John Coltrane and Jackie McLean), Eddie Gale helped ring in jazz's controversial new thing during the 1960s and 1970s on a series of influential releases. His inspired trumpet playing graced Cecil Taylor's Unit Structures, Larry Young's Of Peace And Love and a series of recordings and performances with Sun Ra's Arkestra. He also cut a pair of under-acknowledged soul-jazz influenced albums as a leader for Blue Note at the end of the '60s. The first Eddie Gale Blue Note LP Eddie Gale's Ghetto Music was released in 1968, produced by Blue Note founder Francis Wolff. A blend of funky grooves, a gospel street choir of singers, and late 60's free form freakouts. Recommended for fans of Sun Ra & Brother Ah, Coltrane's Love Supreme, and Max Roach's It's Time. Black Rhythm Happening (the second Blue Note album by Eddie Gale) was released in 1969 and includes jazz heavy weight Elvin Jones on drums and sax man Jimmy Lyons. Again the mix is a blend of soul jazz, free form freakouts, and a gospel influenced street choir.” — Forced Exposure

Dick Griffin is one of today's leading trombone players. In a career spanning over 30 years, he has performed with some of the biggest names in Jazz and Soul, as well as appearing with several symphony orchestras. A short list of the luminaries Mr. Griffin has worked with includes: Duke Ellington, Count Basie, Ella Fitzgerald, Tito Puente, Art Blakey, Charles Mingus, Dizzy Gillespie, McCoy Tyner, James Brown, Harry Belafonte, Michael Jackson, and Lionel Hampton.

Griffin has developed a highly personalized playing style which he calls “circularphonics”. His ability to combine playing chords on the trombone with circular breathing is unrivaled among Jazz trombonists. The expanded range of simultaneous sounds Griffin creates through his multiphonic technique sometimes evokes the spirit of such experimental Jazz musicians as John Coltrane, Rahsaan Roland Kirk, and Sun Ra. Never a follower, Griffin has moved beyond the course set by these pioneering giants to develop a unique style on and for an instrument which has hardly been the most widely used in modern Jazz.

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