Frank Gambale and Wife BOCA to Release Collection of Jazzy Pop
Posted by Michael Mueller on March 22, 2012 at 12:14 PM
Palm Springs, CA (21 March 2012): Respected and recognized as one of music's most innovative guitarists, Grammy winner Frank Gambale returned to his roots for his 20th solo album by delivering an exquisitely crafted vocal collection comprised of original jazzy adult pop songs. Soulmine, which will be released May 22nd on the artist's Wombat Records, was written and produced with his collaborating vocalist BOCA. Award winning director Nigel Dick (Guns N' Roses, Britney Spears, Oasis, Cher) lensed the tantalizing video for the disc's debut single, "Forbidden Kiss" (see video below).
Now in his 26th year as a solo artist and best known for his revolutionary instrumental recordings and audacious live performances with jazz fusion icons including Chick Corea, Billy Cobham, and Return To Forever (with Corea, Stanley Clarke, Lenny White and Jean-Luc Ponty), Gambale began his career playing in vocal groups. The genesis of Soulmine has ruminated in the gifted composer's consciousness for decades. When he met and married his soul mate, BOCA, the guitar maverick had finally found the voice for which he had longed.
"This is the album that I've wanted to make for about 30 years. Soulmine has all my favorite elements: cool grooves, hip changes, vocal harmonies and lots of guitar. I especially like the way the voice and guitar dialogue. I haven't done it up until now because there was a major ingredient missing and that is BOCA. BOCA is the perfect voice for this music, the perfect collaborator, and she really captured the right sentiments in the music," said Gambale, who will preview the album at a May 3rd performance with BOCA at Anthology in San Diego.
As expected from a Gambale record, the musicianship on Soulmine is masterful. Gambale's passionate guitar-work is cool-toned, poised and restrained juxtaposed with melodic shrieking and crying with ferocious fire and desire. The deep rhythmic pockets are dug with precision by bassist Victor Wooten and drummer Joel Taylor. A large portion of the keyboards are astute Gambale etchings. Gambale's and BOCA's ensnaring melodies are further embellished by graceful piano flourishes courtesy of Otmaro Ruiz and a roof-raising organ solo from Brian Auger (on "Live Your Dream"). The instrumental beds made from fresh sheets of cosmopolitan jazz, funky R&B, shimmering pop, and sultry Latin and Brazilian nuances allow BOCA's sensual vocals to caress the sophisticated scales with heartfelt warmth and emotion. Her lyrical muse explores expressive love songs and sunshine laced messages of inspiration, empowerment, and hope in the pursuit of dreams and life. The pair's meticulous production is richly realized, layered and visceral allowing the songs to unfold sublimely.
Learn more at www.frankgambale.com and www.frankgambalesoulmine.com.
Love Set Me Free
Live Your Dream
All In The Game Of Life
Be The Change
Sun Will Shine
Keep Leadin' Me On
Save Me From Myself
Open Your Mind