Eddie Gale Cause of Death – American trumpeter known for his work in free jazz, especially with the Sun Ra Arkestra has passed away.
Eddie Gale died on July 10, 2020. His cause of death is Cancer, He was 78 and had reportedly been battling cancer for quite some time.
The longtime San Jose resident, who was born Aug. 15, 1941 in Brooklyn, was one of the most accomplished jazz musicians to ever call the Bay Area home. During his lengthy career, Gale performed alongside such greats as John Coltrane, Cecil Taylor, Jackie McLean, Larry Young, Art Blakey, Elvin Jones and Max Roach. He also released a number of acclaimed solo albums.
Playing with Sun Ra is a great experience — from the known to the unknown,” Gale reportedly once said. “You play ideas on your instrument that you never imagine. His music provoked me to explore the use of trills, for instance, and the placement of whole tones and then a space chord –ideas you do not find in the exercise books.”
The Sun Ra gig helped shine a spotlight on Gale’s tremendous musical gifts and it wasn’t long before others started inviting him to play on their records. Notably, that’s his trumpet you’ll hear on Cecil Taylor’s mighty 1966 Blue Note Records debut “Unit Structures.” Gale’s relationship with Blue Note would continue for years, producing some truly remarkable records.
“#EddieGale began his career with Sun Ra & played on avant-garde classics of the Blue Note catalog like Cecil Taylor’s ‘Unit Structures’ & Larry Young’s ‘Of Love And Peace’ before forging his own path with two visionary late-1960s albums: ‘Ghetto Music’ & ‘Black Rhythm Happening,’ Blue Note Records tweeted in remembrance of Gale.
— Blue Note Records (@bluenoterecords) July 13, 2020
Gale remained very active in music, working both as a band leader and as a sideman. He’d appear on more Sun Ra efforts, including 1975’s “Lanquidity,” and even worked with Oakland hip-hop troupe The Coup later in his career.
He was also an educator and advocate, who did much to bring music to San Jose schools and local youth as well as worked to try to secure healthcare for musicians.
Gale, who was the oldest son of Edward and Daisy Gale Stevens, is survived by three of his four siblings, his wife Georgette; his first wife, Marlene; his six children: Donna, Marc, Chanel, Djuana, Gwilu and Teyonda, his 12 grandchildren, 11 great-grandchildren, numerous nephews, nieces and cousins.