Release Date: 04/09/21
having graced soundtracks of The Wire, The Deuce & Treme, Gilchrist draws on the span of jazz, hip-hop, funk & DC Go-Go
Drawing on the span of jazz history from stride to free improvisation, along with inspiration from hip-hop, funk, and Washington D.C.'s unique go-go sound, Gilchrist's music thrives on making surprising connections between styles and influences, boldly veering from pile-driver funk to piquant stride, vigorous swing to hip-hop swagger, contemplative abstraction to deep-bottom grooves. Gilchrist has toured extensively with David Murray, and his compositions have graced the soundtracks of David Simon's acclaimed series The Wire, The Deuce & Treme.
Lafayette leads the genre-defying ensembles the New Volcanoes and the Sonic Trip Masters All Stars, and along with bassist Michael Formanek & drummer Eric Kennedy, is a member of the adventurous collective trio Inside Out. In 2017, Gilchrist was named a Local Legend by Baltimore Magazine, while Baltimore City Paper named Lafayette Gilchrist and the New Volcanoes as 'Best Band.' In 2018 he was chosen as a Baker Artist Award winner. Gilchrist has performed with Cassandra Wilson, Macy Gray, Oliver Lake, Andrew Cyrille, Orrin Evans, Paul Dunmall, Hamid Drake, William Parker, and many more. His previous album Dark Matter (2019), Gilchrist's second solo recording, muses on the elusive and mysterious matter that ties the universe together and landed on numerous critics' best of 2019 lists.
The double album NOW features Herman Burney (bass) and Eric Kennedy (drums).
'New Orleans barrelhouse piano, the Impressionism of Ravel, and Duke Ellington's jaggy solo-piano sound form the bedrock of Lafayette Gilchrist's style at the keyboard. But if there's one big influence on the way he thinks about rhythm, it's the deeply swinging 'pocket' of a classic go-go beat.'
- Giovanni Russonello, The New York Times
'Lafayette Gilchrist has dug deep into [jazz piano] history... he's tapping into jazz's spiritual, historical and cultural roots. He's an old soul at ease in the modern world.'
-Kevin Whitehead, NPR's Fresh Air
|Label: Lafayette Gilchrist|
|Run Time: 150 mins|
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