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“Lafayette Gilchrist lives in Baltimore but grew up in D.C., knee-deep in the city's go-go music and hip-hop. Go-go dance beats inform his piano the same way freight-train boogie-woogie does. Players like EubieBlake, James P. Johnson and Willie ‘The Lion’ Smith could keep going for hours without exhausting their folkloric materials. If there's one thing Lafayette Gilchrist loves, it's feeding a groove like that. There's something trance-inducing about dance music in general, and in the textured patterns that Lafayette Gilchrist plays at the keyboard. His two-handed piano also has techno and minimalism behind it

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The Wonder of Being Here

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Label: Lafayette Music
Released: 2020
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Label: Lafayette Music
Released: 2020
Track listing: CD1: Assume the Position; Bamboozled; Rare Essence; Old Shoes Come to Life; On Your Belly Like a Snake; Say a Prayer for Our Love; Bmore Careful; The Midnight Step Rag. CD2: Tomorrow Is Waiting Now (Sharon's Song); The Wonder of Being Here; Purple Blues; Newly Arrived; Enough; Get Straight to the Point; Can You Speak My Language; Specials Revealed.

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Lafayette Gilchrist: Now

Read "Now" reviewed by Ian Patterson

For much of the 2010s, Baltimore-based pianist/composer Lafayette Gilchrist has looked to larger ensembles to give voice to his expansive arrangements. In fact, you have to go back to Three (Hyena, 2007) to find his previous trio outing. With Now, Gilchrist embraces a more intimate setting in the company of drummer Eric Kennedy and bassist Herman ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Lafayette Gilchrist: Now

Read "Now" reviewed by Franz A. Matzner

Pianist and composer Lafayette Gilchrist has made clear that, in part, Now addresses the racial and political conflicts erupting across America in 2020. The music is suitably intense and tumultuous. The album demands change while also reminding us that the violence and divisions splintering the country are not new. The repression and oppression embedded ...

NEWS: PERFORMANCE / TOUR

Sat., October 10: Lafayette Gilchrist Celebrates 'Now' With Livestream Album Release Concert Presented By Creative Alliance

Sat., October 10: Lafayette Gilchrist Celebrates 'Now' With Livestream Album Release Concert Presented By Creative Alliance

Pianist, composer and bandleader extraordinaire Lafayette Gilchrist returns to the trio format on his engrossing, self-released double disc, NOW, the follow-up to last year’s critically acclaimed solo piano album, Dark Matter, which many critics cited as one of 2019’s best jazz releases. Gilchrist will celebrate with a livestream album release concert on Saturday, October 10, 8 ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Lafayette Gilchrist: Now

Read "Now" reviewed by Geno Thackara

In some alternate world somewhere, Lafayette Gilchrist is a great modern American novelist, spinning real-life stories that vividly evoke the spirit of the times. In our world, he ended up as a comparable spirit doing the same thing in the music realm instead. His piano playing nonetheless criss-crosses the span of jazz, blues, funk, gospel, ragtime, ...

Three Rounds of Solo Piano

Read "Three Rounds of Solo Piano" reviewed by Geno Thackara

Diogo Vida Inner Dance Self Produced 2020 The isolation album has sprung up as a new genre practically overnight—an unfortunate if unavoidable development in the season of Covid-19. If Diogo Vida is one among many in that regard, at least where quantity is concerned, he also stands alone in having a ...

Dark Matter

Label: Lafayette Music
Released: 2019
Track listing: For the Go Go; Child's Play; Dark Matter; The Love Bind; Spontaneous Combustion; And You Know This; Blues for Our Marches to End; Old Whale Bones; Happy Birthday Sucka; Black Flight; Greeting.

ARTICLE: YEAR IN REVIEW

Geno Thackara's Best Releases of 2019

Read "Geno Thackara's Best Releases of 2019" reviewed by Geno Thackara

Another year, another wealth of goodies, and as usual it seems unfair to narrow down so many fine offerings to only a dozen favorites. Also as usual, there were a couple late discoveries that would have deserved to be included here last year if I'd known about them at the time. Belated credit goes to the ...


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