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Al Gamble
Al (* 1969) grew up listening to his father's record collection, which included Jimmy Smith, Ray Charles, Jack McDuff and other jazz and soul artists. He played in various bands during high school and college, and in 1992 joined the Shreveport-based Bluebirds, featuring Buddy Flett on guitar. He spent a few years in Memphis as a Beale Street musician, backing such artists as Preston Shannon and A-440. In 2001, he formed the Gamble Brothers Band with his younger brother Chad Gamble (drums), Art Edmaiston (saxophone) and Will Lowrimore (bass).
 
In 2003, the Gamble Brothers Band beat out more than 1,200 other artists to win the Billboard-sponsored Independent Music World Series award. Earlier in 2007, Edmaiston joined Memphis guitar player Joe Restivo, drummer George Sluppick and Al Gamble to form The Grip, a four-piece jazz instrumental band specializing in boogaloo music.
 
The road took Edmaiston away again, and Gamble, Restivo and Sluppick continued to play as a three-piece, forming the band The City Champs. The City Champs tour regularly and have opened for other acts, including the North Mississippi Allstars and Huey Lewis.
 
On November 29, 2010, The City Champs took part in the filming of a new Memphis music documentary. Titled Take Me To The River, this Cody Dickinson/Martin Shore-produced film, released Sept. 12, 2014, showcases icons of the Memphis' music scene playing with up-and-coming young bands. The City Champs collaborated with harmonica legend Charlie Musselwhite and Muscle Shoals Rhythm Section bassist David Hood on bass to film a segment at Electraphonic Studios in Memphis.
 
In January 2013, after learning about St. Paul and The Broken Bones from friend and guitarist Browan Lollar, Gamble was asked to add organ overdubs on the band's debut album Half The City, recorded in Muscle Shoals, Alabama. Later that year, Gamble joined the band full-time, prior to the release of the record in February 2014. St. Paul and The Broken Bones have toured extensively in the United States and Europe and opened two shows for The Rolling Stones on the band's 2015 Zip Code Tour. In January 2016, St. Paul and the Broken Bones played a sold-out Carnegie Hall show as part of a four-concert series called Carnegie Hall's Perspectives. In February 2017, St. Paul and the Broken Bones headlined the Elton John AIDS Foundation Academy Awards viewing party in West Hollywood, California.
 
Gamble has recorded on more than 50 albums and on various film scores. He is credited with writing or co-writing more than 40 songs, according to BMI. He has toured with The City Champs, singer/songwriter Charlie Mars, John Paul Keith and the 145s, Louisiana soul singer Marc Broussard, Charles Walker and the Dynamites, The Bo-Keys, and St. Paul and The Broken Bones.
 
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Discography
Diva Of Soul
Malaco Records MCD 7476
released 1995
recorded in Memphis, TN/USA
Shirley Brown, vocals
Bobby Manuel, guitar
Al Gamble, organ
Steve Potts, drums
Switching Gears
Blind Pig Records BPCD 5045
recorded in Memphis, TN and Chicago, IL/USA
Jimmy Thackery, guitar, vocals
Joe McGlohon, sax
Lonnie Brooks, guitar, vocals
Joe Louis Walker, guitar, vocals
Al Gamble, Hammond organ, piano
Chubby Carrier, accordion
Michael Patrick, bass
Mark Stutso, drums
Keep On Workin'
Inside Sounds 505
recorded January 1999 in Memphis, TN/USA
Jesse Hoggard, guitar, vocals
Al Gamble, Hammond organ, Wurlitzer
Billy Gibson, harmonica, vocals
Kevin Sheahan, bass
John Scalici, drums, vocals
Elliot Ives, congas, percussion
Nuhi Raweis, congas, percussion
Jeff Burch, percussion
Comfort To The Soul
Ruf Records RUF 1081
recorded December 1997 in USA
Ana Popović, vocals, guitar
Jack Holder, guitar
Reese Wynans, Hammond organ
Al Gamble, Hammond organ, keyboards
Lyn Jones, harmonica
Dave Smith, bass
Steve Potts, drums
Guitar
Blind Pig Records BPCD 5083
recorded November 1994
Jimmy Thackery, guitar
James Carpenter, sax
Duke Robillard, guitar
Al Gamble, Hammond organ
Wayne Burdette, bass
Ken Faltinson, bass, keyboards
Michael Patrick, bass
Mark Stutso, drums
Still Making History
Eclecto Groove Records EGRCD 501
recorded in North Hollywood, CA, Van Nuys, CA, Memphis, TN and Encino, CA/USA
Ana Popović, vocals, guitar
Jim Spake, sax
Darrell Leonard, trombone, trumpet
Jack Holder, guitar
Jon Cleary, piano, clavinet, Wurlitzer, vocals
Al Gamble, Hammond organ
Terry Wilson, bass, vocals
Sam Shoup, bass
Dave Smith, bass
Tony Braunagel, drums, vocals
Steve Potts, drums
Lenny Castro, percussion, congas
The Setup
Electraphonic Recording ER 105

Jim Spake, tenor sax
Kirk Smothers, baritone sax
Marc Franklin, trumpet
Joe Restivo, guitar
Al Gamble, Hammond organ
Scott Bomar, bass
George Sluppick, drums
Felix Hernandez, congas
Jack Ashford, tambourine
Half The City
Single Lock Records SL 003
recorded in Sheffield, AL and Homewood, AL/USA
Jamie Harper, baritone sax
Ben Griner, trombone, tuba
Allen Branstetter, trumpet, flugelhorn
Browan Lollar, guitar
Jesse Phillips, guitar, bass
James Brangle, keyboards
Al Gamble, organ, Wurlitzer
Ben Tanner, organ, piano
Ron Alexander, bass
Andrew Lee, drums, percussion
Les Nuby, tambourine
Daniel Stoddard, pedal steel
Paul Janeway, vocals
Living In The Last Days
Bible & Tire Recording Co BTRC011

Elizabeth King, vocals
Art Edmaiston, horn
Jim Spake, horn
Matt Ross-Spang, guitar
Rick Steff, organ
Al Gamble, organ, piano, Wurlitzer
William Graves, piano, Wurlitzer, vocals
Mark Stuart, bass
George Sluppick, drums, percussion
Deborah Ballard, vocals
Chris Barnes, vocals
Courtney Barnes, vocals
Carolyn Brown, vocals
Michelle Carter, vocals
Audrey Fuller, vocals
Mae Hicks, vocals
Angela White, vocals
Cora White, vocals

 
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