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Giacomo Gates: What Time Is It? (Savant)

In Mark Murphy’s wake, there are two contenders for coolest, sharpest male vocalist around. One, Kurt Elling, is a household name, at least within jazz circles. The other, Giacomo Gates, deserves to be. Gates, now 67, waited until his 40s to pursue music full-time, but quickly emerged as a deeply insightful vocal acrobat, preternaturally skilled … Read More “Giacomo Gates: What Time Is It? (Savant)”

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Giacomo Gates: Miles Tones

It has long been widely accepted that Kurt Elling is heir apparent to Mark Murphy. But an equally strong case can be made for Giacomo Gates. Indeed, while Elling has advanced to a somewhat distant-some might say higher-plateau, Gates remains truer to Murphy’s path. Nor is it surprising that Gates has, since joining Joe Fields’ … Read More “Giacomo Gates: Miles Tones”

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Giacomo Gates: The Revolution Will Be Jazz: The Songs of Gil Scott-Heron

If poet-cum-prophet Gil Scott-Heron taught us anything, it was to find your own truth. Which is precisely what Giacomo Gates does on this 10-track foray into the vast and fertile jungle of Scott-Heron songs, sermons and soliloquies. Gates could have covered pieces like “The Revolution Will Not Be Televised,” “Johannesburg,” “We Almost Lost Detroit,” “Angel … Read More “Giacomo Gates: The Revolution Will Be Jazz: The Songs of Gil Scott-Heron”

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