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Joe Gilman: Relativity

Read "Relativity" reviewed by Edward Blanco

The concept of interpreting art and other visual works into a piece of music, is probably not an easy thing to realize, yet on Americanvas (Capri, 2010), pianist Joe Gilman successfully accomplished this feat, drawing his inspiration from the art world using paintings as vehicles for jazz improvisation. Relativity follows the same theme, this time focusing on the works of Dutch graphic artist Maurtis Cornelis Escher better known as M.C. Escher where Dr. Gilman, music Director of the Brubeck Institute's ...

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Joe Gilman: Relativity

Read "Relativity" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky

M.C. Escher captured the imagination of the world with his perspective-altering artwork. Escher's mind's eye and eye's mind challenged people to see things differently, and pianist Joe Gilman has found inspiration in his brilliant work. Gilman, who previously delved into the music-inspired-by-art realm on Americanvas (Capri, 2010), uses Escher's creations as inspirational seeds and guiding forces for this music. He takes a good, hard look at eleven of Escher's pieces, with music written to capture what he saw.

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Joe Gilman: Americanvas

Read "Americanvas" reviewed by Woodrow Wilkins

Originality plus artistic vision equals an irresistible palette for jazz. Pianist Joe Gilman, music director of the Brubeck Institute's fellowship program, mixes both elements with Americanvas, musical interpretations of 10 American paintings. “Gossip" begins with a spirited solo piano that shifts gears a few times before bringing in the rest of the band. The saxophones lead in a series of frenetic, stop-time phrases. Bass and drums are fully engaged behind the soloists, starting with the alto sax, followed ...

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Joe Gilman: Americanvas

Read "Americanvas" reviewed by Bruce Lindsay

Pianist Joe Gilman leads a young and talented quintet on Americanvas, an album of original tunes inspired by American artists such as Mark Rothko, Edward Hopper and Norman Rockwell. Jazz that takes its inspiration from the visual arts is not rare--British saxophonist Andy Sheppard's Movements In Colour (ECM, 2009) was so inspired, for example. Like Sheppard, Gilman's varied choices are reflected in the music's range of styles and moods ensuring that this is a constantly intriguing recording. ...

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Joe Gilman: View So Tender: Wonder Revisited - Volume Two

Read "View So Tender: Wonder Revisited - Volume Two" reviewed by Hrayr Attarian

A master improviser interpreting the works of one of the greatest popular composers should make for a stimulating listen. Sadly, pianist Joe Gilman's View So Tender: Wonder Revisited Volume 2 does not quite hit the mark. Despite being labeled Volume 2, this is not an afterthought or a follow-up building on the success of a previously issued Volume 1. Both discs were recorded the same time but, because of the amount of material, have been issued on ...

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Joe Gilman: View So Tender: Wonder Revisited - Volume One

Read "View So Tender: Wonder Revisited - Volume One" reviewed by Michael P. Gladstone

Jazz tributes to the music of Stevie Wonder are not really a new concept. His songs have served as the inspiration for vocalists as recently as Nnenna Freelon's 2002 album on Concord, Tales of Wonder, and he's been particularly a keen subject for sax men like Stanley Turrentine and Dave Pietro. However, to the best of my knowlege, this is the first album of piano trio interpretations of Stevie Wonder's music.Dr. Joe Gilman is a full-time professor at ...

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Joe Gilman: View So Tender: Wonder Revisited - Volume One

Read "View So Tender: Wonder Revisited - Volume One" reviewed by Dr. Judith Schlesinger

This is the same crackerjack trio that delivered two volumes of Dave Brubeck classics, artfully freshened with a new coat of musical paint. (Volume One was reviewed here in 2004.) Now, with View So Tender, the group turns its focus to Stevie Wonder, forging a uniquely creative and delightful link between R&B and jazz. First, a word about the trio itself. Among Joe Gilman's recent accomplishments is winning the 2004 Great American Jazz Piano Competition. His bandmates ...


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