David Gilmore

David Gilmore
Biography

Artist: David Gilmore
Guitar: Jazz Roots Global Soul

David Gilmore Bio

DAVID GILMORE has recorded and performed with many of today’s most influential modern artists. He has worked with Wayne Shorter (appearing on Mr. Shorter’s Grammy Award winning album, High Life (Verve)), Dave Douglas, Muhal Richard Abrams, Sam Rivers, Steve Coleman, Cassandra Wilson, Don Byron, Uri Caine, Randy Brecker, David Sanborn, Ron Blake, Carolyn Leonhart and Christian McBride, among many others.

Born in Cambridge, Massachusetts, Gilmore’s teachers include John Baboian, Randy Roos, sax titan Joe Lovano and pianist Jim McNeely. Following graduation from NYU, he worked with a variety of artists, including members of the Mbase Collective, Ronald Shannon Jackson, Trilok Gurtu, Graham Haynes, Robin Eubanks, and Lonnie Plaxico. He also joined the popular jazz/fusion group Lost Tribe, co-producing their first two recordings for Windham Hill.

Gilmore has also made notable contributions to such pop acts as Me’shell N’Degeocello, Melissa Etheridge, Joan Osbourne, Mavis Staples, Issac Hayes, Boz Scaggs, Tommy Lang of Austria, Rise Robots Rise, and Japan’s Monday Michiru. He has toured extensively with multi-platinum artist Joss Stone. DownBeat Magazine’s Critic’s Poll voted Gilmore a “Rising Star.”

Gilmore’s playing has been compared to guitarists as diverse as George Benson, Wes Montgomery, Jimi Hendrix and Leo Nocentelli. He is committed to an improvisational approach that reflects a global awareness. One result of this global ethic, the work “African Continuum” – enabled by a CMA New Works Composer Grant– was premiered to the public in Spring 2003.

In addition to his significance presence on the international touring scene, Gilmore has also appeared on over 50 recordings, including three of his own as leader. His first CD, “Ritualism” (2001) received international critical praise and was nominated for the 2001 Debut CD of the Year by the Jazz Journalists Association. “Unified Presence” and “Numerology” have also been widely praised. His latest project, “Energies of Change,” refers to “the phenomena of an ever-changing and unpredictable world that continues to defy mankind’s attempts to make it more understandable and manageable.”

He further remarks of this album: “The immediacy and spontaneity of musical improvisation is a direct reflection and expression of life’s hidden intelligence, and to move and groove with the Energies of Change is to truly be in the Moment of Now, and at least for brief moments, transcend the illusion of Space and Time. The music of the ensemble (Marcus Strickland – tenor and alto sax, bass clarinet, Luis Perdomo – piano, Ben Williams – bass, Rudy Royston – drums) is both a reflection of the past and the future, bringing post-bop elements of swing mixed with odd-meter moments of fury.”

Besides recording and touring, Gilmore teaches Guitar Studies at the prestigious Berklee College of Music where he is an Associate Professor. He also conducts master classes around the world, giving him an opportunity to share his talents, concepts and experiences with new generations of young musicians.

Press Quotes & Reviews:

“The guitarist David Gilmore has a pronounced fondness for metric convolution, jigsaw complexity and a near-mystical spirit of intrigue.– Nate Chinen, New York Times

“[Gilmore] is experienced, accomplished, diversified and respected, and has his own, highly-developed musical vision. ”S. Victor Aaron, Something Else Reviews

“…Gilmore plays like a blend of John Scofield and Carlos Santana….commanding talent.” – Britt Robson, Wondering Sound