Gamalon - Beat the Heat, from "Aerial View", their second album, released in 1990. Gamalon were a seriously good instrumental jazz/rock/fusion outfit formed in the late eighties by guitarists Bruce Brucato and George Puleo, and the Reinhardt brothers, Tom on bass and Ted on drums. Their first self-titled album, released in 1987, was one of the genre's best albums of the eighties, with some of the finest musicianship committed to vinyl. They later collaborated with with jazz saxophonist Ernie Watts, but this was more an Ernie Watts album than a Gamalon album and it paled in comparison to their debut. This "Aerial View" album, produced by Ted Reinhardt and jazz trumpeter/flugel horn player Jeff Tyzik, showed touches of their initial brilliance and featured Spyrogyra's Tom Schuman and Ernie Watts, on one track each. The band also featured a fifth member, Geoff Perry on violin, and his inclusion gave the music a fuller feel (not that it needed the push!). Their next album, "High Contrast", featured the same line-up, except that this time 'round, Tom Reinhardt tried his hand at singing on the odd track, and it worked very well. The band were as tight as ever and were sounding superb. Then , as far as we know, a "Boston -type" of period of inactivity seemed to set in (remember, information on bands like Gamalon was not excactly easy to come by here at the butt end of the world!), and the next album, "Held to the Light", only appeared in 1996, this time with two new members, Tony Scozzaro on guitars and Jim Wynne on bass. Puleo and Tom Reinhardt had now been relegated to the "special guests" department, but even with these changes, the band were still a cut above the rest. A live album has also been released, and you can read all about that in our new releases section when we get our hands on it. In the meantime, if you'd like some more information on this exceptionally good band, you can check out their site at www.nmpnet.com/gamalon
Biography by Paul Kohler
A jazz/rock band from Buffalo,
New York, Gamalon consists of
two guitarists, a bassist, and a
drummer. Their all-instrumental
albums bridge the gap between
rock and jazz fusion.
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