- Frank Gambale
Infobox musical artist
Name = Frank Gambale
Img_size = 200px
Background = non_vocal_instrumentalist
Born = December 22, 1958 (aged 49)
Canberra, Australia[ [http://www.frankgambale.com/bio.html Biography at official website] ]
Jazz fusion, instrumental rock
Years_active = 1986 – present
Associated_acts = Chick Corea
URL = [http://www.frankgambale.com/ Official website]
Frank Gambale (born
December 22, 1958) is an Australian jazz fusion guitarist. He is renowned for his use of the sweep pickingand economy pickingtechniques.
He graduated from the
Guitar Institute of Technology(GIT) in Hollywood with Student Of The Year honors. After graduation, he played the jazz clubcircuit with his own band and published his first book, "Speed Picking". In 1986 he signed a three-album contract with a small label called Legato. In that same year, he toured with Jean-Luc Ponty, and shortly afterwards began a six-year stint with Chick Corea's band. During his time with the latter, he participated in five albums and shared a Grammyaward (with two Grammy nominations).
An endorsement deal with
Ibanezguitars came about in 1986, which spawned the bright yellow-coloured Frank Gambale (now FGM series) model guitar, modeled after the Saber Series line; this went on sale in 1987. Yamahaalso manufactured a Frank Gambale model guitar after he left Ibanez in the 1990s. In 1988 he signed with the JVClabel, and released "Thunder From Down Under" the following year. Gambale also served as head of the Guitar Department of Los Angeles Music Academy(LAMA) during this time.
Gambale began his own record label called Wombat Records on which he re-released his early Legato catalog and a new a double live CD called "Resident Alien: Live Bootlegs", along with a duet CD with classical guitarist
Maurizio Colonna, called "Imagery Suite". He also recorded one album, "Coming To Your Senses", for Steve Vai's Favored Nationslabel in 2000.
Gambale has been a member of the band
Vital Informationsince 1988, with the group consisting of drummer Steve Smith, keyboardist Tom Costerand bassist Baron Browne. He also played on three trio recordings with bassist Stu Hammand Steve Smith on Mike Varney's Tone Center Records. In addition to concert recordings, he has released a concert DVD called "Concert With Class".
In 2004, Gambale reunited with Chick Corea and toured Europe with the
Chick Corea Elektric Band.
Brave New Guitar" (1986)
A Present For The Future" (1987)
Thunder From Down Under" (1989)
The Great Explorers" (1990)
Note Worker" (1991)
* "Passages" (1994)
Thinking Out Loud" (1995)
Coming To Your Senses" (2000)
* "Raison d'Être" (2004)
* "Natural High" (2006)
* "Live!" (1989)
* "Gambale & Colonna" (2000)
* "Resident Aliens: Live Bootlegs" (2001)
* "Absolutely Live - In Poland" (2002)
* "Made In Australia" (2007)
=Collaboration albums with
Stu Hammand Steve Smith=
* "Show Me What You Can Do" (1998)
* "The Light Beyond" (2000)
* "GHS 3" (2002)
* [http://www.frankgambale.com/ Official Website]
* [http://www.music-city.org/Frank-Gambale/discography/ Frank Gambale discography]
* [http://www.vitalinformation.com/vital/index.htm Vital Information Web Site]
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