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Before & After with David Gilmore

Listening with a guitarist who lives "in many different worlds"

David Gilmore
David Gilmore, backstage at Newport Jazz Festival 2013

Sacrificing the peak afternoon hours on one of the first gorgeous days of spring, guitarist David Gilmore, 49, sat at home in Fort Greene, Brooklyn, and allowed me to pick his brain. Gilmore came to prominence in the late 1980s as a member of Steve Coleman and Five Elements. He’s since worked with everyone from Wayne Shorter, Muhal Richard Abrams, Don Byron and Rudresh Mahanthappa to Meshell Ndegeocello and Joss Stone. His latest recording as a leader is last year’s Numerology: Live at Jazz Standard, on his own Evolutionary Music label.

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