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Centrifugal Funk

Gambale, Garsted, Lane 1991

Centrifugal Funk Review

by Robert Taylor (AllMusic)

This is the second MVP session featuring Frank Gambale. This time, he is set alongside underground legend Shawn Lane and ex-Nelson hired gun Brett Garsed. The songs here are fairly weak and can be a bit grating due to the backbeats supplied by Joe Heredia. It would be interesting to know what Miles Davis would have thought of this version of “So What.” Garsed has a clean, ’80s metal sound and plays with pristine technique. He manages to make his solos interesting and is rarely self-serving. Lane, on the other hand, has a very distinctive and unique sound. His technique is difficult to analyze because his sounds are so bizarre that it’s often difficult to know what he’s doing. Gambale’s sweep-picking technique has been well documented, and his jazz and fusion experiences establish him as the superior player here. Garsed and Lane serve as better dueling partners and do so on “Hey Tee Bone,” one of the session highlights. “Splatch” contains some incredible pyrotechnics by both Gambale and Lane, while “Lane’s Blitz” (only included on the Legato label version of the album) is a good example of Lane’s demonic sound and speed. “Love Struck” is the session’s most exciting tune, featuring one of the most inspired solos Gambale has ever recorded. The three trade blistering solos as the song builds to a crescendo. Aspiring guitarists are encouraged to approach this with caution at the risk of getting discouraged. Simply put, this is an exhausting listen.

Track Listing

SampleTitle/ComposerPerformerTimeStream1

Actual Proof Herbie Hancock MVP07:36Amazon2

So What Miles Davis MVP09:41Amazon3

Hey Tee Bone Tony Fisher MVP05:30Amazon4

Tokyo Blue Rachel Nicolazzo / Morris Pleasure MVP07:15Amazon5

Splatch Marcus Miller MVP11:57Amazon6

Elegant People Wayne Shorter MVP09:56Amazon7

Lane’s Blitz MVP09:54Amazon8

Lovestruck Jesse Johnson MVP08:26Amazon

TRACKS
1 Actual Proof 00:00 Soloist, Guitar — Frank Gambale Soloist, Keyboards — Freddy Ravel* Soloist, Saxophone — Steve Tavaglione Written-By — H. Hancock*

2 So What 07:39 Soloist, Bass — Jimmy Earl Soloist, Guitar — Brett Garsed, Shawn Lane Soloist, Saxophone — Steve Tavaglione Written-By — M. Davis*

3 Hey Tee Bone 17:25 Soloist, Guitar — Brett Garsed, Shawn Lane Written-By — T. David*, T. Fisher* Soloist, Guitar — Brett Garsed, Shawn Lane Written-By — T. David*, T. Fisher*

4 Tokyo Blue 22:59 Soloist, Guitar — Frank Gambale Soloist, Saxophone — Steve Tavaglione Written-By — M. Pleasure*, N. Rashied*, R. Nicalazzo* Soloist, Guitar — Frank Gambale Soloist, Saxophone — Steve Tavaglione Written-By — M. Pleasure*, N. Rashied*, R. Nicalazzo*

5 Splatch 30:19 Soloist, Guitar — Brett Garsed, Frank Gambale, Shawn Lane Soloist, Saxophone — Steve Tavaglione Written-By — M. Miller* Soloist, Guitar — Brett Garsed, Frank Gambale, Shawn Lane Soloist, Saxophone — Steve Tavaglione Written-By — M. Miller*

6 Elegant People 42:20 Soloist, Guitar — Frank Gambale Soloist, Saxophone — Steve Tavaglione Written-By — W. Shorter* Soloist, Guitar — Frank Gambale Soloist, Saxophone — Steve Tavaglione Written-By — W. Shorter*

7 Lovestruck 52:21 Guitar [Exchanges — Middle Channel] — Shawn Lane Soloist, Guitar [Exchanges — Left Channel] — Frank Gambale Soloist, Guitar [Exchanges — Right Channel] — Brett Garsed Written-By — J. Johnson*

The Circular Theory

Sound is an infinite circumference (a circle). Light is an infinite diameter (a line). You need both, in order to have either (a wave) (the diagram above). Proving, and proved by, the conservation of a circle (why music is written in, and, therefore, requires, a line) (there is a conserved circular-linear relationship between an individual and a group in all disciplines) (explaining multiplicity, redundancy, and ambiguity) (any interval) (all chords).

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See, also, Shawn Lane Remembered. The Genius and Vision of Guitarist… | by Ilexa Yardley | Musical Notes | Jan, 2022 | Medium

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Music articulates, conserves,, and proves, an uber-basic, always-present, circular-linear reality.

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