Various Artists Nicky Siano‘s Legendary the Gallery
- Words: Nick Follett
- Label: Soul Jazz
To understand the music of The Gallery is to understand the club with which it is inextricably linked. Although thought of as a discothèque, The Gallery didn‘t play "disco" music. Instead, DJ/owner Nicky Siano bridged the gap sonically and historically between the two other monoliths of the time: David Mancuso‘s The Loft and Larry Levan‘s Paradise Garage. The spaced-out epics of The Loft gave way to The Gallery‘s harder, four-on-the-floor feel, which developed out of Detroit sounds-mainly by Norman Whitfield (The Undisputed Truth and The Temptations)-and the danceable elegance of Philly soul (The Tramps). An early place of employment to then club kids Levan and Frankie Knuckles, the historic significance of The Gallery is as undeniable as the stomping beat of the music.
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