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Lafayette Gilchrist is a bright, young piano star based in Baltimore. Born in Washington, DC, Gilchrist taught himself piano and has been plying his own brand of Jazz-inspired music for over ten years. He is certainly knowledgeable and mindful of the Jazz tradition, but as Gilchrist says, “I see myself as a child of the Hip Hop nation. Hip Hop doesn't have a deep instrumental voice in its thing right now, and we need to represent in that vein. Hip Hop as a culture has grown up a little now and the musical part of the culture has to grow and expand with it. I see the music I'm doing as representing that ‘cause it's where I'm from.” Recently, he has worked with superstar saxophonist David Murray in his Octet, as well as recorded two albums under his own leadership for HYENA Records, Towards the Shining Path (2005) and The Music According to Lafayette Gilchrist (2004).

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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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For The Go Go

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Label: Lafayette Music
Released: 2019
Duration: 06:17

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Lafayette Gilchrist: Dark Matter

Read "Dark Matter" reviewed by Jerome Wilson

It would seem almost impossible by this point for a jazz pianist to avoid common modern influences like Bud Powell, Bill Evans, McCoy Tyner or even Cecil Taylor, but somehow Lafayette Gilchrist falls outside all of those parameters. On this solo concert recorded at the University of Baltimore in 2016, he shows a keyboard style built ...

ARTICLE: RADIO

Count Basie & Kenny Drew

Read "Count Basie & Kenny Drew" reviewed by Joe Dimino

Simply becuase we love that large and needed big band sound, we begin episode 612 of Neon Jazz with Dan Bonsanti leading his group of masterful musicians with their take on the jazz. From there, we zig zag around the jazz universe to show listeners where we have been and how far we are going wtih ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Lafayette Gilchrist: Dark Matter

Read "Dark Matter" reviewed by Franz A. Matzner

Recorded live, pianist Lafayette Gilchrist's second solo recording, Dark Matter, embraces the long history of jazz bound to the beat and textures of a specific time and place, rather than stylistic pedigree or lineage of influencers. Its rhythms are the jackhammer throb, subway rattle, and relentless pulse of Baltimore, Philly, and Washington, D.C. It's textures the ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEW

David Murray And Class Struggle at The Village Vanguard

Read "David Murray And Class Struggle at The Village Vanguard" reviewed by Mike Jurkovic

David Murray and Class Struggle The Village Vanguard New York, NY June 22, 2018 Upon taking the Vanguard stage, Murray broke the night wide open with a hard, slippery solo that had his sextet Class Struggle--featuring the saxophonist's son guitarist Mingus Murray, brotherly rhythm section of bassist Rashaan Carter and drummer ...

NEWS: PERFORMANCE / TOUR

Thirsty Ear at Stone Curated by Peter Gordon: October 1-15

Thirsty Ear at Stone Curated by Peter Gordon: October 1-15

In 1990, Thirsty Ear made its emergence as a record label of its own, quickly accelerating its position and becoming one of the top alternative independent labels within the U.S. music industry. Since its beginning in 2000, the story of the Blue Series has been one of focused, organic evolution. From free jazz masters, legends in ...


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