Numbers and music are inextricably linked together. Numbers exist within every musical impulse and control the very nature of music through their connective ratios and relationships. This concept is explored to the fullest, without coming off as inaccessible math music," on guitarist David Gilmore's Numerology: Live At Jazz Standard. Gilmore--not to be confused with Pink Floyd's guitar-wielding David Gilmour--has made a name for himself as a Berklee-based educator and go-to sideman, appearing on recordings with saxophonist Wayne Shorter, clarinetist/saxophonist Don Byron, pianist Uri Caine and numerous others, but his own output has been meager. He only has ...read more
Sometimes, a series of small disparate observations dovetail to produce incredulity, stupefaction and even anger. Here we go. Have you noticed that Nat Hentoff has set off a bit not his first bit) of controversy with his December 2001 Final Chorus , which can be found on the last page of every issue of Jazz Times. Nat took occasion to knock a couple of the more well-known current crop of jazz divas. Suspending, for the purpose of avoiding litigation, the issue of whether I agree or disagree with the estimable and always spot-on Mr. Hentoff, I include the following quote: ...read more
David Gilmore Unified Presence RKM Records 2006
Let's break it down. You won't find this statement in David Gilmore's bio or on his website, but here it is: Gilmore is one of the baddest guitarists on the planet. Here's why--rhythmic acuity. If I were to write a book on jazz, one of its chapters would be titled Instrumentalists Who Play Linear Rhythms", or maybe Harmony As A Drum." I'm talking about players like Vijay Iyer or Marc Cary on piano, saxophonists like Rudresh Mahanthappa and Steve Coleman, and guitarists like Gilmore and...well, who else ...read more
Jazz guitarist David Gilmore has definitely been around the block. He's played with Wayne Shorter, Trilok Gurtu, Don Byron, Cassandra Wilson, and the brilliant M-Base saxophonist and composer Steve Coleman in his group Five Elements. Not to be confused with the English guitarist David Gilmour of Pink Floyd fame, Gilmore stepped out for his first record as band leader and composer in 2000 with Ritualism, self-produced and self-released on the Kashka Music label.
A quartet of guitar, piano/keyboards, acoustic bass, and drums forms the core unit on Ritualism. Most of the tracks on the record are angular jazz ...read more
Let's be real. How many people in the world outside of their native Belgium know who Aka Moon is? The ratio could be staggering. One in just how many? How many of you reading this right now think their name means also known as moon?" Wrong. The name, and aspects of their music, stems from their passion for the AKA Pygmies, with whom they lived in the great forest of Central Africa in 1991. Absolutely world-class musicians, these guys operate on some kind of insanely artistic plane full of principle and integrity alien to the American musical way of life. ...read more
Exciting times are upon us, not only here at allaboutjazz but in the broader marketplace, as jazz consumers. An increasing number of vital musicians, heretofore best known as relatively high profile idemen" who, in fact, by those who know their work, are more akin to equal contributors to the projects to which they have chosen to dedicate their prodigious talents, have finally grown tired of the status quo to which they have seemingly been assigned. What can be looked upon as an opportune state of affairs has dovetailed, in arenas as disparate as the world of home studios, the costs ...read more