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by David Gilmore

Internationally acclaimed guitarist David Gilmore brings together elements of Jazz, Funk, African and World musics on his first cd as a leader - featuring some of New York's finest improvisors: Ravi Coltrane, David Binney, Ralph Alessi and many others.
Genre: Jazz: Jazz Fusion
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Ritualism
6:48 album only
2. Kaizen
5:34 album only
3. Paradigm Shift
6:09 album only
4. Event Horizon
7:11 album only
5. Confluence
6:24 album only
6. Off Minor
6:24 album only
7. Reality Check
5:45 album only
8. The Wanderer
6:36 album only
9. Elementary
6:24 album only
10. Musical Revolutions
6:17 album only
11. Uncertainty Principle
7:34 album only


Album Notes
Here's what the critics are saying about Ritualism & David Gilmore:

"Ritualism is one of the most eloquent inaugural statements in recent memory."
- Nate Chinen, Schwann Inside

"As debut albums go, Ritualism is uncommonly focused, achieving an ideal balance of technical sophistication and emotional depth."
- David R. Adler, allmusic.com

"David Gilmore's muted or volcanic sound has the in-your-face funk, a certain edge, a nervous and explosive energy." - Allaboutjazz.com

" The M-Based guitarist's snaky playing places him somewhere in the Wes Montgomery-Leo Nocentelli continuum. Watch out for his quartet's bubbly syncopation."
- Jim Macnie, Village Voice

"Chromatically-serrated power chords, shape-shifting blurs of octave clusters - a revelatory experience."
- Tom Terrell, Jazz Times

"David Gilmore adds a funky, heavy-metal/bebop edge to the band" - Bill Milkowski, Guitar Player Magazine

David Gilmore, internationally acclaimed guitarist with Wayne Shorter, Steve Coleman, Cassandra Wilson, Don Byron, Trilok Gurtu, Randy Brecker and Lost Tribe, brings together a stellar lineup of musicians for his debut solo recording, featuring 10 original compositions and a twisted arrangement of the classic Thelonius Monk tune, Off Minor.

From the highly charged and polyrhythmically motivated improvisations of Event Horizon and Uncertainty Principle, to the moody and introspective melodies of Confluence and The Wanderer, Ritualism has something for everyone. Drawing upon his vast influences and years of experience with some of the giants in Jazz, David explores elements of Jazz, Funk, African and World musics to create a unique synthesis of highly original tunes that are exploratory yet accessible.

The core band consists of George Colligan - pianist w/ Cassandra Wilson, Gary Bartz; Brad Jones - bassist w/Ornette Coleman, Jazz Passengers; Rodney Holmes drummer w/ Carlos Santana, Joe Zawinul, Brecker Brothers. Guest artists include saxophonists Ravi Coltrane and David Binney, drummer Bruce Cox, trumpeter Ralph Alessi, vocalist Imani Uzuri, poet Sharrif Simmons, and percussionist Daniel Moreno. This highly anticipated debut aptly displays David's formidable skills as an accomplished composer, arranger and bandleader.


Over the past decade guitarist and composer David Gilmore has recorded and performed with some of the most highly influential and innovative artists in modern music today including Wayne Shorter, Muhal Richard Abrams, Sam Rivers, Steve Coleman, Don Byron, Cassandra Wilson, Uri Caine, Randy Brecker and David Sanborn. He has appeared on over 40 recordings and been a major presence on the international touring scene. In the Spring of 2001 he released his first recording as a leader entitled Ritualism, which has already received major international critical appraise and was nominated for Debut CD of the Year by the Jazz Journalists Association.

Born February 5th, 1964 in Cambridge, Massachusetts, Gilmore sought out music at a young age experimenting with piano, drums and percussion before discovering the guitar at the age of 15. After a few years of private study with Boston local guitar gurus John Baboian and Randy Roos, Gilmore moved to New York to attend New York University, where he studied under the tutelage of saxophonist Joe Lovano and Jim McNeely. Shortly after his graduation in 1987, Gilmore began touring and recording in earnest with many of the members of the fledging M-Base Collective, and soon after began to find himself in many other diverse musical situations, recording and/ or touring with Ronald Shannon Jackson, Trilok Gurtu, Graham Haynes, Robin Eubanks, and Lonnie Plaxico. In the early 1990's he became an active member of the popular jazz/fusion group Lost Tribe, co-producing their first two recordings for the Windham Hill Label. Over the years he has also lent his skills to a variety of pop/ commercial acts including Me'shell N'Degeocello, Japan's Monday Michiru, Tom Lang of Austria, and Rise Robots Rise. In 1995 Gilmore got the call to join sax legend Wayne Shorter's group, and appears on Mr. Shorter's Grammy Award winning album, High Life on Verve. He can be found most recently on recordings by Christian McBride, Carolyn Leonhart, Don Byron and Uri Caine.

As a composer, improviser and guitarist, Gilmore is committed to pushing the boundaries of improvisational music, at the same time without alienating the uninitiated listener. His music reflects the diverse musical influences and experiences he has assimilated throughout his career. The exploration of rhythm is a major component of his music, utilizing many non-Western approaches and integrating them into a modern framework. His playing has been compared to guitarists with styles as diverse as George Benson, Wes Montgomery, Jimi Hendrix and Leo Nocentelli.

His most recent ensemble, Kindread Spirits, which consists of his brother, Marque Gilmore on drums, Matt Garrison on bass and Aref Durvesh on tablas, features sounds, rhythms and textures from both the underground electronica world as well as from the traditional cultures of Africa, India and Brazil. Their debut CD will be released in December 2001. A follow-up recording to Gilmore's quartet recording Ritualism is scheduled for January 2002.


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Brian Hill

Great compositions, great performances
I heard the last minute or so of a tune from this CD on the radio and knew immediately I had to find out who it was and where I could get a copy. I was overjoyed to find that it was David Gilmore's CD. I really enjoyed his work with Steve Coleman, Lost Tribe and others. The CD is even better than I expected! I had to buy a second copy for a friend.

Mnusic By Mail / Pierre Tassone

At last a solo recording of David Gilmore! A very eclectic recording with a lot of surprises: varied moods or instrumentation, the rhythm spirit of the Five Elements very present, a special mention to George Colligan keyboard playing, a greeting to Monk, a ... hey why don't you buy this CD? There's so much to discover and I'm getting back to it, I'm not finished with it.

Dean Mucetti

An incredible modern jazz guitar album!
This CD is so good I bought it twice and gave one to a friend. If you want to hear the evolution of jazz guitar buy this album!

Alessandro Mantega

Great debut.
Wonderful debut by one of the top jazz guitarists.
After many great sideman works David Gilmore makes his solo stunning debut with 'Ritualism'. Binney, Coltrane, Alessi and the others guests play a jazz well worth multiple listens.
Highly recommended. A jewel!


Great Jazz, Truly an amazing player!!! A+

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Internationally acclaimed guitarist David Gilmore brings together elements of Jazz, Funk, African and World musics on his first cd as a leader - featuring some of New York's finest improvisors: Ravi Coltrane, David Binney, Ralph Alessi and many others.