Lafayette Gilchrist continues mapping out his own idiosyncratic path on Towards the Shining Path, a worthy follow-up to his debut, The Music According To Lafayette Gilchrist. On that record, his music was hardly hospitable, projecting an ominous quality marked by lurking bass lines and dense dissonant harmonies. But on this one, Gilchrist lets up on the disconsolate demeanor a bit with tunes such as “Unsolved, Unresolved,” on which he builds a slinky improvisation from a funky riff atop a fractured groove. “New Jack” bounces to a happy beat with Gilchrist pounding out a jump-blues improv, brimming with rolling melodies and thick harmonies, while the title track amounts to a swift knuckle-buster with Gilchrist tickling out zigzagging phrases against a pulverizing beat.
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