The Bay Area's unsung hero of avant-garde jazz, trumpeter Eddie Gale has the pedigree and the vision to spread the gospel of free thinking to the region's most unlikely audiences. A Brooklyn native, the young horn player was on the New York scene during the music's revolutionary shift in the '60s toward more radical, open-ended forms. His budding style -- a raw mix of power and finesse, paint-peeling blowouts and bluesy lyricism -- caught the ears of new-jazz pioneers Sun Ra, Cecil Taylor, and John Coltrane, who performed with the trumpeter on occasion in various combos. While still in his 20s, Gale not only shared the stage and recorded with some of the music's bona fide legends, but he also released a number of well-received albums as a leader on... More >>>