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Eddie Gale: Ghetto Music

Eddie Gale on trumpet with his sister Joann on guitar

Eddie Gale won’t stop playing me his new music over the phone. I get in one question, and the 62-year-old trumpeter politely answers and immediately jumps to playing another track off his upcoming CD, Hi-Tech Beat.

But the reason I’m calling Gale is to find out more about two fascinating records he released on Blue Note more than 30 years ago: Ghetto Music (1968) and Black Rhythm Happening (1969). Both discs were recently reissued by the Runt family of labels: the CD versions came out on Water Music and the 180-gram HQ vinyl editions, in snazzy gatefolds, came out via 4 Men With Beards. (Hi-Tech Beat will also come out on a Runt subsidiary, Black Beauty).

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