Eric J. Gale (September 20, 1938 - May 25, 1994) was a leading American jazz and session guitarist.



Born in Brooklyn, New York, Gale began playing guitar at the age of 12.[1] Although he majored in chemistry at Niagara University, Gale was determined to pursue a musical career, and began contributing to accompaniments for such stars as Maxine Brown, the Drifters, and Jesse Belvin. He soon began to attract the attention of King Curtis and Jimmy Smith, who began recommending him for studio work.[2] He became known first as a session musician in the 1960s, eventually appearing on an estimated 500 albums. Among the many artists he recorded with were Aretha Franklin, Bob James, Paul Simon, Lena Horne, Quincy Jones, Bob Marley, Nina Simone, Peter Tosh, Grover Washington, Jr., Herbie Mann, Esther Phillips, Joe Cocker, Carly Simon, Van Morrison, Al Jarreau and Billy Joel.[3] He also had a spell in Aretha Franklin's stage band.

Gale died of lung cancer in May 1994, at the age of 55.[4]


As leaderEdit

  • Negril (LP, 1975. Micron Music Ltd.) (CD, 2003. 3D Japan)
  • Forecast (1973) (Kudu Records)
  • Ginseng Woman (1977) (Columbia)
  • Multiplication (1978) (Columbia)
  • Part of You (1979) (Columbia)
  • Touch of Silk (1980) (Columbia)
  • Blue Horizon (1981) (Elektra)
  • In the Shadow of a Tree (1982) (JVC)
  • Island Breeze (1983) (Elektra)
  • In a Jazz Tradition (1987) (EmArcy)
  • Let's Stay Together (1988) (Artful Balance)
  • Utopia (1998) (Rooms Japan)

With StuffEdit

Appears onEdit


  1. Will, Patrick T.; Kernfeld, Barry (2002). "Gale, Eric". In Barry Kernfeld. The new Grove dictionary of jazz, vol. 2 (2nd ed.). New York: Grove's Dictionaries Inc.. p. 5. ISBN 1561592846. 
  2. Album notes by Chris Albertson, Contributing Editor, Stereo Review
  3. "Eric Gale: Forecast". Retrieved 2011-11-04. 
  4. "Eric Gale, 55, Dies; Versatile Guitarist". The New York Times. 3 June 1994. 

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