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GAMALON

Jazz Rock/Fusion • United States


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GAMALON started in Buffalo, New York during the 1960's, when drummer Ted Reinhardt and guitarist Bruce Brucato began playing music together at age 12. By the 70's they were joined by Ted's brother Tom and Rick McGirr to form Rodan, a prog-rock gem of the local music scene. During the Buffalo stop of their first tour of the USA in 1973, GENESIS were quite taken by their opening act, as Rodan was already covering their music at a time when GENESIS had not yet taken off in the States.

Rodan folded as the members morphed into GAMALON during the mid 80's, adding George Puleo on lead guitar and Tom Schuman on piano. They joined forces with saxophonist Ernie Watts in 1989. Geoffrey Fitzhugh Perry played violin on one album. Tony Scozzaro replaced George Puleo for several years and in the summer of 2004, Nori Bucci stepped in to take his place.

Their self-titled debut in 1987 was one of the finest examples of jazz rock fusion. "Project: Activation Earth" with Ernie Watts followed in 1989. "Aerial View" appeared in 1990, quickly followed by "High Contrast" in 1991. Their latest studio album was 1996's "Held To The Light", their most mature work to date.

In 2007, GAMALON introduced a new lineup. Joining founding member Ted Reinhardt are Jim Wynne on bass, Bob Accurso on malletKAT, and Dave Schmeidler on guitar. Gamalon has recorded six albums, played shows with Vital Information, Niacin, Gongzilla, Brand X and many others.

GAMALON also celebrated its 25th anniversary in 2007.

Past and Present Players:
Ted Reinhardt - Drums / Percussion / Chapman Stick (1982-present)
Bruce Brucato - Guitars (1982-2006)
George Puleo - Guitars (1982-1996)
Greg Piontek - Bass (1982-1984)
Tom Schuman - Keyboards (1982-1983)
Rick McGirr - Keyboards (1983-1985)
Tom Reinhardt - Bass (1984-1996; 2004-2006)
Jim Wynne - Bass / Keyboards (1996-2001; 2006-present)
Tony Scozzaro - Guitars (1996-2004)
Geoffrey Perry - Violin / Piccolo Bass / Guitar (1989-1996)
Jack Kulp - Bass (2001-2004)
Nori Bucci - Guitars (2004-2006)
Bob Accurso - Percussion / malletKAT (2006-present)
Dave Schmeidler - Guitars (2006-present)


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4.26 | 9 ratings
Gamalon
1987
2.68 | 3 ratings
Project: Activation Earth
1989
3.71 | 9 ratings
Aerial View
1990
3.79 | 7 ratings
High Contrast
1991
3.79 | 7 ratings
Held To The Light
1996

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3.74 | 5 ratings
Live At The Tralf
1998

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 Aerial View by GAMALON album cover Studio Album, 1990
3.71 | 9 ratings

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Aerial View
Gamalon Jazz Rock/Fusion

Review by apps79
Special Collaborator Neo Prog Team

3 stars In 1989 Gamalon collaborated with legendary American sax player Ernie Watts in the album ''Project: Activation Earth'', a relationship which continued further onto the band's third album ''Aerial view'', released again in triple format on MCA Records and Amherst in 1990.Watts appears as a guest musician in one track, same as with Tom Schuman, who plays mini-Moog synth in one track and guest violin player Geoffrey Fitzhugh Perry.For the first time the production of a Gamalon album will switch hands and guitarists Bruce Brucato and George Puleo with help in the process.

Standard US Jazz/Fusion with a clean, guitar-led sound is the offering of ''Aerial view'', which shows Gamalon at a fine form, creating music that can be both accesible and virtuosic with a nice sense of melody and a good amount of mascular guitar moves, always supported by a solid rhythm section.The music is all instrumental as expected with plenty of fiery rhythmic parts, impressive guitar solos and more laid-back deliveries with an emphasis on atmosphere than technique.With every style Gamalon proove to be among the leading acts of the Fusion scene at the time and their sound is often colored with surprising vibes, such as orchestral preludes, Heavy Rock pounds in the vein of RUSH, Ethnic orientation in ''Relapse'' or even some discreet funky lines in the bass work.The fact that the band could switch styles with comfort is amazing, even if the album has often a slightly annoying nuance, typical of the late-80's Fusion productions.

Confident, melodic and demanding Jazz/Fusion with a palette of different sounds.Fans of guitar-based Fusion will love this at first sight.Recommended.

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 Held To The Light  by GAMALON album cover Studio Album, 1996
3.79 | 7 ratings

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Held To The Light
Gamalon Jazz Rock/Fusion

Review by b_olariu
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3 stars 3.5 really

Gamalon's last studio testament to jazz fusion/rock lovers was Hled to the light from 1996. This was their forth album and is a more then decent one in this field. I know this band for some years, I reviewed previous two albums Aerial view and High contrast and I was amazed of the excellent quality of the music offered byt his overlooked band. I personaly think that Aerial view is their best album and one of the better releases in this filed in last decades. Held to the light is a fairly decent release, in some parts the album doesn't have that energic arrangements of previous albums but still worth to be discovered. Bruce Brucato is one hell of a great guitarist, he really knew to make some spelendid acrobatics on guitar, aswell some intricate passages are present here that at least to me, is one of the most unknown jazz fusion guitarist ever, is so so underated musician. Overall, all pieces has same level, no one particulary is in front. Nice complicated druming, solid bass work, maybe if there was some more energy in some compostions, is to much laid back in comapartion with absolutly awesome Aerial view. 3.5 stars to me. Very unnoticed band, definetly one of the best exponets of jazz fusion/rock scene.

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 Gamalon by GAMALON album cover Studio Album, 1987
4.26 | 9 ratings

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Gamalon Jazz Rock/Fusion

Review by apps79
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3 stars Gamalon evolved from the 70's Progressive Rock group Rodan out of Buffalo, New York, where drummer Ted Reinhardt, his brother Tom and guitarist Bruce Brucato played together.The group took shape in 1982 and later it saw the addition of guitarist George Puleo and pianist Tom Schuman.Already veterans of the Prog/Fusion, the experienced Gamalon recorded their self-titled debut at Select Sound Studios in Kenmore, New York and the album was released in 1987 on New York-based Amhers label in the triple format of vinyl, CD and cassette issues.

Gamalon proposed an energetic guitar-driven Prog/Fusion, which can be both atmospheric and virtuosic, always led by the twin guitar exercises of the Reinhardt/Puleo duo.With plenty of solos and dynamic changes, ''Gamalon'' is an album based on a typical 80's slick production and a solid bassist, somewhat like a cross between compatriots HELMET OF GNATS and Canadians UZEB, bordering often to the Power Rock sound of RUSH, always with a Fusion edge.The couple of tracks, that feature the presence of Tom Schuman, are propably the ones closer to Jazz/Jazz Rock due to his elegant jazzy piano lines.The rest of the album has evident funky references in the bass lines, which spoil a bit the image of the group, especially if combined with the production level, but the guitar exercises and multiple breaks of the album are the best proofs of a good and talented group, that performs music with passion and technical efficiency.The alternations between the rhythm and solo electric guitars offer some nice highlights, while the drumming of Gamalon's brain Ted Reinhardt sounds confident and at moments impressive.

Not a monumental release, but ''Gamalon'' is among the good album of the Jazz/Fusion field during the 80's, as the style was suffering from plenty of inconsistent and flat releases around the time.Recommended.

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 Project: Activation Earth by GAMALON album cover Studio Album, 1989
2.68 | 3 ratings

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Project: Activation Earth
Gamalon Jazz Rock/Fusion

Review by Evolver
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2 stars As good as saxophonist Ernie Watts may be, he really drags Gamalon down on this one. Where their other albums showcase tight musicianship and good arrangements, here they become just a backing band on what could be any old David Sanborn adult contemporary fusion album.

The great guitar solos of the other Gamalon albums are hard to find on this disc. Only Lift Off has any real spark, and that is before it settles into one of Watts' competent but bland sax solos. The rest of the album is completely forgattable, best only for background noise where you don't want the music to interfere with any conversation.

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 High Contrast by GAMALON album cover Studio Album, 1991
3.79 | 7 ratings

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High Contrast
Gamalon Jazz Rock/Fusion

Review by Evolver
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3 stars This is another album of guitar heavy jazz rock fusion by Gamelon. On this one, they re-added second guitarist, George Puleo, and this adds quite a bit of power to the lineup. However, like the previous album, the songs, for the most part don't range very far from the arena rock side of fusion.

There are some high points. The guitar solos throughout are great. That alone would be a good reason to purchase this album. But the best song is You Still Have Time, which sounds remarkably like early Kansas, both in composition and performance. That effect is helped along by Kansas-like vocals, and Geoffrey Fitzhugh Perry's violin. Another nice song is Flyby which features some impressive chapman stick work by drummer Ted Reinhardt.

Like their other albums, this is not bad, but it could be much better.

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 Aerial View by GAMALON album cover Studio Album, 1990
3.71 | 9 ratings

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Gamalon Jazz Rock/Fusion

Review by Evolver
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3 stars This is fairly standard guitar based jazz rock fusion. The songs mostly alternate between loud and soft, fast and slow. The compositions are mostly simple melodic four four compostions. So while this is fusion, and therefore gets a listing here, it isn't terribly progressive. And for a band called Gamelon, there is a surprising lack of, well, gamelon.

Which isn't to say there is nothing to listen to here. Some of the pieces, by way of syncopation, manage to sound more complex than they actually are. And the last two songs, Aerial View and Relapse, manage to actuall use seven four and seven eight time signatures respectively.

So this isn't the best album by this band, but it's not too bad.

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 High Contrast by GAMALON album cover Studio Album, 1991
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Gamalon Jazz Rock/Fusion

Review by b_olariu
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4 stars Third album of the band from 1991 named High contrast is at same level with previous one, but here we have some pieces with vocal arrangements, sung by Tom Reinhardt who handles aswell the bass. Again great album, same influences from Satriani and Dixie Dregs, but combined with unique and solid interpretation of the musicians, Gamalon manag to create another solid album in jazz rock field. From up beat moments with energic instrumental parts, to some more mellow ones, the band always shine in what they do. Some bluesy moments like on The War Within with vocals, show another side of the band, who succeded to show us that they are good not only in jazz rock realm but aswell in a more blues orientated jazz. As I said some pieces are with vocals, quite unusual for the band, almost 90% of their material is instrumental, are very good, pleasent and warm voice interluded great with the rest of the instruments. So, even both albums I reviewed are good, I can not say they are among my fav albums from this genre, are only pleasent and very enjoyble, I know albums more intristing and more brilliant, nevertheless a good band who is rather unnoticed here, no wonder because their albums are quite hard to find.4 stars again. No really better then predecesors, but a solid album.

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 Aerial View by GAMALON album cover Studio Album, 1990
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Gamalon Jazz Rock/Fusion

Review by b_olariu
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4 stars Gamalon is a jazz rock band from USA formed in mid '80's around the excellent musicians Tom and Ted Reinhardt. This is their second album from 1990 namjed Aerial view. Quite intristing release melting jazz rock with some progressive leanings here and there, Gamalon manage to create a solid album in this genre. This album, and aswell their next one, sounds more like a guitarist album , in vein Of Satriani, rather then a effort of a band, in a true sens of the word. Guitar orientated release with some excellent moments, well not a masterpiece for sure, but very good. Gamalon played a more upbeat jazz rock , they are more influenced by musicians as Joe Satriani, in places some pieces are one on one with Satriani's atmosphere, just listen to for ex to Lena, I swear this piece is taken from some Satriani albums from late'80's , early'90's. Of course the musicians is top notch, entirely instrumental, Gamalon manage to brig something great in this field, the prestation of the musicians , the ideas are great, and I can only recommended this band to be checked because worth every second. In some parts I can aswell trace some Dixie Dregs elements, that atmosphere from, What if, and even some experimental moments are obvious here. Well to the tell the truth , first time I heared this band, I was a little confused, because I expected to be a real jazz fusion album, instead I get some jazz rock album, who turns to be after some spins a real treat for me. 4 stars, for this Aerial view, some pieces are truly amazing, like the opening track, Lena and a couple more. Recommended.

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 Held To The Light  by GAMALON album cover Studio Album, 1996
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Held To The Light
Gamalon Jazz Rock/Fusion

Review by Ovidiu

4 stars WOW!What an album,and unfortunatelly this one is a very underrated musical product !It's unbelieveble to see how a bad distribution and a weak record label didn't had the possibilities to promote correctly an album of such high quality!HELD TO THE LIGHT is a very mature and so well composed album that after an audition we ask ourselves if there is any justice in the world of music?And the answer is so simply and it's absolutelly NO!!! We don't find here any boring composition or a song without personality!The production is excellent and the succession of the songs is so pleasant and nice ,not only a second of feeling that this album has something made to be ina decent time of almost one hour of music!Scozzaro and Brucato are two outstanding guitar players and the diversity of the album is astonishing!African rhythms sometimes,great percussion instruments used,different and challenging tempos and many ways of artistical expression here,that make HELD TO THE LIGHT a very,very enjoyable audition!Unfortunatelly HELD TO THE LIGHT was the swan song for GAMALON,which had their minute of fame in music and let as legacy some excellent albums in fusion style that will prove the tremendeous talent of this underrated American band,in my humble oppinion!4 ,5 STARS for something excellent!

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Gamalon Jazz Rock/Fusion

Review by Gooner
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5 stars This album cooks! One of the few fairly modern jazz/rock fusion albums that deserves a 5 star rating. Gamalon probably needed a better record label or promotion, I'm not sure which. They certainly do not deserve obscurity. All instrumental with memorable melodies. Points of reference would be Gongzilla (without the vibes), Bon, Dixie Dregs(without the country influence) and early Level 42(the instrumentals). Just a great collective offering. Everyone plays with passion and finesse. A drummer's delight, a bassist's delight and especially highly recommended for guitarists. I'm not sure which guitarist is the soloist, but I must mention both George Puleo and Bruce Brucato. Great chops. Check out their video here at progarchives.com. Serious business. Can hold their own with the greats such as Holdsworth and Morse. I've noticed several used CD copies on amazon.com for no more than $6. Get it while you can because it'll be an obscure one to find after you read this. First come first served. A must for any fusion fanatic. Get it for the opener _Billy's Saloon_ and _Cabin Fever_ alone. Also worth mentioning as a GAMALON reference is Ozric Tentacles without the spacey keyboards.

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