Frank Gambale is filled with inspiration. After six years with Chick Corea's Elektric Band and Jon Luc Ponty prior to that, he concentrated on his solo career. This disc is the second solo album after traveling for quite some time.
Gambale"s brand of fusion incorporates rock, jazz and lots of energy throughout. With the first three tracks ("Up in Beachwood," "Circular Quay," and "Major Fascination"), he's up to lay down the powerful groove. Gambale takes the cake and runs with it. "Salvador Once More" begins with a pensive sentiment, but the ensemble drives up to full speed in Brazilian mode. Inspired by the history of Salvador, where slaves were brought and sold, Gambale unfolds the melody as a storyteller. Through various movements from mellow to uptempo, he tributes those who suffered there and reflects on the town's evolution.
Ranging from the sci-fi influence in "Cybernaughts," to British comedy, Gambale soaks up life's experiences and paints many aural pictues for the listener. His bandmataes invite you along on the journey. Pay attention to the haunting keyboards, backed with some hard drumming and bass that kicks hard, demanding your attention. "Land of the Leal," inspired by a young guitarist undergoing chemotherapy is emotional, but does not leave us in melancholy. His message is hope and life, and we sense how this young man touched Gambale's heart. "The Italian Job," favors Euro-soundtrack, and appropriately so, as it's title is taken from the movie starring Michael Caine. Gambale does some intriguing thetrics here as if he were performing a new score for the film.
The disc has variety to offer, but consistency. Frank Gambale bursts with musical power and wants you to be a part of it. He's been with the best of the fusion genre and obviously intends to reign supreme in his own way.