Exposé Online banner

Mushroom with Eddie Gale — Joint Happening
(Hyena HYN 9359, 2007, CD)

by Peter Thelen, Published 2008-10-01

Joint Happening Cover art

After our feature interview with drummer Pat Thomas in issue #32, all readers should be at least be aware of Bay Area psychedelic jazz-rock improv ensemble Mushroom; trumpeter Eddie Gale is probably best known for the work he did with Cecil Taylor and Larry Young in the 60s, and with Sun Ra’s Arkestra from the 60s onward. He’s probably lesser known for a couple of releases with his own ensembles in the late 60s, attempting to fuse elements of jazz, folk, gospel, and soul. Originally from Brooklyn, in the early 70s he came to the Bay Area and has been peripherally involved in the music scene here ever since. While Gale and Mushroom are from two different generations of music, their inspirational drive comes from the same well, and when their paths crossed for these two sessions recorded in 2007, the magic was indeed happening. The two sessions involve two slightly different lineups of Mushroom, with Thomas, Gale, keyboardist Matt Cunitz, and bassist Ted Doherty present on all seven tracks. Guitarist Tim Plowman and guitarist / saxophonist Erik Pearson are at different sessions, as well with vibraphonists / percussionists Dave Mihaly and David Brandt. This is the normal M.O. for Mushroom sessions and live dates – whoever shows up plays! Throughout the disc, Gale’s trumpeting is in the spotlight, while the rest of the group provides the framework, drive and context for the ever-evolving pieces. Fans of the band’s previous releases will not be disappointed!


Filed under: New releases, Issue 36, 2007 releases

Related artist(s): Eddie Gale, Mushroom

Latest news

2018-06-05
Koenjihyakkei Seeks Funding for New Album – It's been quite a few years since the last new studio album by the amazing Koenjihyakkei. Now they are preparing Dhormimviskha for worldwide release, and they're asking fans to pre-order via a Kickstarter campaign to help it happen. » Read more

2018-05-14
Glenn Branca RIP – Experimental guitarist and composer Glenn Branca has died at the age of 69. He was known for compositions featuring large ensembles of guitars, and for the use of feedback. He founded his band Theoretical Girls in the mid-70s as an art-punk answer to what he saw as the increasing commercialization of punk music. His compositions were highly influential, with such figures as David Bowie, Thurston Moore, and John Lurie among his fans. » Read more

2018-04-05
OBEY Convention XI Set for May 24-28 in Halifax – As the 2018 festival season rapidly approaches, we’d like you to be aware of a real treasure of diverse and creative music that’s going to take place in Halifax, Nova Scotia, next month. The OBEY Convention is on its 11th outing, and features a wide range of artists from around the world. From avant-industrial noise to experimental takes on Classical Chinese music, from chamber jazz to doom metal, from ambient soundscapes to Canadian First Nations drumming, you’d be hard pressed to find a festival with more variety in sound anywhere in the world. » Read more

2018-04-04
Close to the Rain Festival in Bergen Announces Lineup – Now in its second year, the Close to the Rain Festival of progressive music is scheduled to take place in Bergen, Norway, on June 7 - 9. They've got an amazing slate of bands lined up, including such powerhouses as Anekdoten, Major Parkinson, Arabs in Aspic, Tusmørke, and many more. » Read more

2018-03-01
Seaprog 2018 Artist Announcements Raise Festival's Profile – Seattle's Seaprog festival has been going since 2013, and the 2018 edition features a slate of artists that's sure to bring more attention to the event. Cheer-Accident, Bubblemath, and Free Salamander Exhibit are in the first round announcement of performers. In keeping with their tradition of focusing on regional artists, they will also present a number of artists from Washington and Oregon. [Edit: Just added: Inner Ear Brigade] » Read more


Previously in Exposé...

Qoph - Pyrola – It’s been entirely too long since this Swedish band’s 1998 debut. Since that time, the band has formed their own label and started singing in English. Their basic sound is intact, however,...  (2005) » Read more



Listen & discover



Print issues