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Friday, July 5, 2013

Frank Gambale & Château Panchille Bordeaux Supérior

Frank Gambale (born 22 December 1958) is an Australian fusion guitarist, known for his sweep picking technique. He’s a graduate of the Guitar Institute of Technology in Hollywood and taught there between 1984 and 1986. He started out on the jazz club circuit then recorded his first album, “Brave New Guitar” in 1985. That same year he was invited to tour with Jean Luc Ponty and following the tour, began a six-year stint with Chick Corea’s Elektric band. He recorded five albums with them and shared a Grammy. He’s played with numerous musical greats including bassist Alain Caron, drummers Steve Smith and Billy Cobham, and key board player Tom Coster (formerly with Santana).

He also had a really cool collaboration with Smith and bassist Stu Hamm that should not be missed. Don’t miss the two acoustic numbers with Alain Caron, the links for which I’ve provided below. Just a bit of a comic aside, Gambale looks remarkably like Uncle Festus in the old Adam’s Family TV show in the two acoustic numbers. Many of you may be too young to remember it, but it was one of my favorites.

To help you unwind without having to switch back and forth between videos, the last link is a one hour reunion concert with Return To Forever featuring Gambale, Corea, Ponty on electric violin, Lenny White on drums, and Stanley Clark on bass. Have a good weekend.

Acoustic Improvisation (Alain Caron on bass):
Stratus (with Billy Cobham):
Return to Forever IV (Corea, Ponty, Clarke, & Gambale):

My wife and I decided to open a good bottle of wine for the 4th of July (instead of quaffing from a wine box), so, knowing she likes the heavier reds, I opened my last bottle of the 2009 Château Panchille Bordeaux Supérior ($15.00). The wine is 80% Merlot and 20% Cabernet Franc. I used a Vinturi aerator because it was a last minute decision and I recommend letting any French red breathe for a bit before imbibing. The first think you notice is its deep purple color, followed by heavenly aromas of blackberries, dark cherries, and chocolate. It’s a concentrated wine with flavors of blackberry, cassis, and that touch of chocolate. The tannins were smooth, and the mouth feel rich. The finish lingers for a long a long time. I only wish this wasn’t my last bottle. Wonderful for sitting on the deck watching my neighbors blow up their money with thousands of dollars in fireworks. Goes great with Frank’s music, too.


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