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Hyena Signs Pianist Lafayette Gilchrist

The Hyena record label has signed Baltimore, Md.-based pianist-composer Lafayette Gilchrist (pictured) to its growing artist roster, which includes guitarist Skip Heller and remix maestro Mocean Worker. Gilchrist will release his debut recording, The Music According To Lafayette Gilchrist, on June 29.

Gilchrist arrives from saxophonist David Murray’s band, where he’s occupied the piano chair in both Murray’s Quartet and Octet since April 2000. On the forthcoming album, Gilchrist and his band, the New Volcanoes, will present a sound that’s as indebted to owing as much to old-skool hip hoppers Grand Master Flash and Afrika Bambaataa as it is to Gilchrist’s jazz heroes like Sun Ra, and Thelonious Monk. Gilchrist is well-known on the Baltimore scene, where crowds gather for his performances at jazz-oriented venues like the New Haven and the 14 Carat Cabaret-and the band is also a favorite at Baltimore clubs better known for presenting rock and punk like the Ottobar and the Funk Box.

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