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David Gilmore: Numerology: Live at the Jazz Standard

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By the very nature of their occupation, jazz artists have an enduring fascination with numbers. With Numerology, a two-part suite that explores the “mystical, divine and spiritual meaning” of them, perennially underrated guitarist David Gilmore makes that fascination visceral. Recorded at Jazz Standard in 2010, the album blends post-M-Base music with Latin-influenced fusion to create an exhilarating whole.

The number that matters most here is five, as it applies to Gilmore’s killer quintet, including alto saxophonist Miguel Zenón (in ripping form), pianist Luis Perdomo (playing in and out of the pocket with soulful strength), and the superhuman bass and drum team of Christian McBride and Jeff “Tain” Watts. Pushing through modal space, building on minimalistic themes, cutting grooves with the participation of ace percussionist Mino Cinelu, the music never stops building or unfolding.

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