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Fusion kings

If you've been out hitting the original music clubs of late and have noted the dizzying and dazzling display of instrumental prowess evidenced by a host of hot young bands, bear in mind that Buffalo has a long history of progressive fusion music, and has never had a shortage of absolutely killer instrumentalists.

Prominent among these groups in the 1980s and '90s was certainly Gamalon, the all-instrumental fusion powerhouse that took the baton from the likes of mid-'70s Jeff Beck and the Mahavishnu Orchestra and ran with it, in the process crafting some of the most ambitiously virtuosic instrumental music to ever have emerged from Western New York.

In the early fall, Gamalon hosted a reunion show of its classic lineup -- George Puleo, Bruce Brucato and Ted and Tom Reinhardt -- before a clearly psyched Club Infinity crowd. Now, they'll get together once again, this time for something much more intimate. Gamalon performs at 9 tonight in the Sportsmen's Tavern (326 Amherst St.). Tickets are $15, but are limited so be sure to call 874-7734.

-- Jeff Miers

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