Eddie Gale, the erstwhile Sun Ra and Cecil Taylor sideman, died on 10 July aged 78 in California. Gale was from Brooklyn and received lessons early on from trumpeter Kenny Dorham and began to sat in at jam sessions in his youth. In the early 1960s he got to know Sun Ra and he toured and recorded with Ra’s Arkestra throughout the 60s and 70s. With Cecil Taylor he appeared on the classic Unit Structures and with Larry Young was on the recording for Of Love and Peace. His own albums included Eddie Gale’s Ghetto Music in 1968 and Black Rhythm Happening the following year. Eddie is survived by his wife, Georgette, his children Donna, Marc, Chanel, Gwilu and Teyonda, 12 grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren.