David Gilmore, an associate professor in the Guitar Department, has recorded and performed with multiple influential modern artists including Wayne Shorter, Dave Douglas, Sam Rivers, Steve Coleman, and Cassandra Wilson, among many others. He has also made notable contributions to such pop acts as Melissa Etheridge, Joan Osbourne, Mavis Staples, Issac Hayes, and Boz Scaggs, to name a few, and toured with Joss Stone. His playing has been compared to guitarists as diverse as George Benson, Wes Montgomery, Jimi Hendrix, and Leo Nocentelli, and he's committed to an improvisational approach that reflects a global awareness.
Gilmore's debut recording as a leader, Ritualism (Kashka Records), received international critical praise and was nominated in 2002 for debut CD of the year by the Jazz Journalists Association. His sophomore release in 2006, Unified Presence (RKM Music), features jazz heavies Christian McBride, Jeff “Tain” Watts, and Ravi Coltrane. His 2012 recording, Numerology: Live at Jazz Standard (Evolutionary Music), features musicians Claudia Acuna, Miguel Zenon, Luis Perdomo, Christian McBride, Jeff “Tain” Watts, and Mino Cinelu. His latest project, Energies of Change, is due for fall release and refers to "the phenomena of an ever-changing and unpredictable world that continues to defy mankind's attempts to make it more understandable and manageable."
Listen to a track from Gilmore, "Ritualism," here: