David Gilmore Group

David Gilmore Group

 New York City, New York, USA

"It's these three elements - the sophisticated and ever-present rhythmic emphasis, the bop essence and an accepting spirituality that combine to impart the palpable aura of mystic intensity pervading the Unified Presence session, pushing it into the circle of premiere releases of 2006 -AllAboutJazz


David Gilmore has recorded and performed with many of today’s most influential modern artists.
He has worked with Wayne Shorter (appearing on Mr. Shorter’s Grammy Award winning album,
High Life (Verve), Dave Douglas, Muhal Richard Abrams, Sam Rivers, Steve Coleman,
Cassandra Wilson, Don Byron, Uri Caine, Randy Brecker, David Sanborn, Ron Blake,
Carolyn Leonhart and Christian McBride, among many others.

In addition to his significance presence on the international touring scene, Gilmore has also
appeared on over 50 recordings, including two of his own as leader.
His first CD, Ritualism (2001) received international critical praise and was nominated
for the 2001 Debut CD of the Year by the Jazz Journalists Association.

Born in Cambridge, Massachusetts, Gilmore studied piano, drums and
percussion, taking up guitar studies at fifteen with John Baboian and Randy
Roos. He left Boston for further studies at New York University where his
teachers included sax titan Joe Lovano and pianist Jim McNeely. Following
graduation, he worked with a variety of artists, including members of the
Mbase Collective, Ronald Shannon Jackson, Trilok Gurtu, Graham Haynes,
Robin Eubanks, and Lonnie Plaxico. He also joined the popular jazz/fusion
group Lost Tribe, and co-producing their first two recordings for Windham Hill.
Gilmore has even made notable contributions to such pop acts as Me’shell
N’Degeocello, Melissa Etheridge, Joan Osbourne, Mavis Staples, Issac Hayes,
Boz Scaggs, Tommy Lang of Austria, Rise Robots Rise, and Japan’s Monday
Michiru. He has also toured extensively with multi-platinum artist Joss Stone.
DownBeat Magazine’s Critic’s Poll voted Gilmore a ‘Rising Star’.

Gilmore’s playing has been compared to guitarists as diverse as George
Benson, Wes Montgomery, Jimi Hendrix and Leo Nocentelli. He is committed
to an improvisational approach that reflects a global awareness. One result of
this global ethic, the work "African Continuum" –enabled by a CMA New
Works Composer Grant– was premiered to the public in Spring 2003.

In addition to recording and touring, Gilmore teaches Guitar Studies at the
prestigious Berklee College of Music where he is an Associate Professor. He
also conducts master classes around the world, giving him an opportunity to
share his talents, concepts and experiences with new generations of young

Gilmore is currently touring in support of his 2006 recording Unified Presence
(RKM/ Koch), which features Christian McBride, Jeff “Tain” Watts, Ravi
Coltrane and Claudia Acuna.


• David Gilmore: Live in Suspended Animation (Kashka Records, 2009)
• David Gilmore: Unified Presence (RKM /Koch, 2006)
• David Gilmore: Ritualism (Kashka Records, 2002)
• Andy Milne: Y'all Just Don't Know (Concord, 2003)
• Ann Hampton Callaway: Blues in the Night (Telarc, 2006)
• Brad Jones: Uncivilized Poise (Knitting Factory, 1999)
• Carolyn Leonhart: Steal the Moon (Sunnyside, 2000)
• Cassandra Wilson: Jumpworld (PolyGram, 1990)
• Chris Minh Doky: Minh (EMI, 1998)
• Christian McBride: Sci-Fi (Verve, 2000)
• Christian McBride: Vertical Vision, (Warner Brothers, 2003)
• Come Together: Guitar tribute to The Beatles, Vol. 2 (NYC Records, 1993)
• Don Byron: Bug Music (Nonesuch, 1996)
• Don Byron: No Vibe Zone (Knitting Factory, 1996)
• Don Byron: Nu Blaxploitation (Bluenote, 1998)
• Don Byron: You Are #6 (Bluenote, 200)
• Graham Haynes: What Time it Be (Muse, 1990)
• Greg Osby: 3-D Lifestyles (Bluenote, 1993)
• Greg Osby: Man Talk for Moderns, Vol. X (Bluenote, 1990)
• Jeff "Tain" Watts: Detained at the BlueNote (Halfnote Records, 2005)
• Jeff "Tain" Watts: Folk Songs (Tainish.com, 2007)
• Lonnie Plaxico: Short Takes (Muse, 1994)
• Lonnie Plaxico: Iridescence (Muse, 1990)
• Lost Tribe: Lost Tribe (Windham Hill Jazz, 1993)
• Lost Tribe: Soul Fish (Windham Hill Jazz, 1994)
• Marque Gilmore/ Drum FM: Lest We Forget (Monumental, 1999)
• Monday Michiru: Chasing After The Sun (Universal, 2000)
• Monday Michiru: Four Seasons (Universal, 2001)
• Monday Michiru: Moods (Universal, 2003)
• Muhal Richard Abrams: Think All, Focus One (Soul Note, 1995)
• Opus Akoben: Art of War (BMG, 1997)
• Ralph Alessi: This Against That (RKM, 2003)
• Reuben Rogers: The Things I Am (Renwick Entertainment, 2006)
• Rise Robots Rise: Spawn (TVT, 1993)
• Ron Blake: Sonic Tonic (Mac Ave. Records, 2005)
• Ron Blake: Lest We Forget (Mac Ave. Records, 2003)
• Roy Nathanson: Fire At Keaton's Bar & Grill (Six Degrees, 2000)
• Steve Coleman & 5 Elements: Black Science (BMG, 1990)
• Steve Coleman & 5 Elements: Drop Kick (BMG, 1992)
• Steve Coleman & 5 Elements: Genesis: The Opening of the Way (BMG, 1997)
• Steve Coleman & 5 Elements: Rhythm People (BMG, 1990)
• Steve Coleman & 5 Elements: Sine Die (Pangaea, 1988)
• Steve Coleman & 5 Elements: The Tao of Mad Phat (BMG, 1993)
• Steve Williamson: A Waltz for Grace (Polydor, 1990)
• Steve Williamson: Rhyme Time (Polydor, 1991)
• Strata Institute: Cipher Syntax (PolyGram)
• Strata Institute: Transmigration (C&M/Sony)
• The Black Rock Coalition/BluePrint: The History of our Future (Rykodisc, 1990)
• The M-Base Collective: Anatomy of a Groove (CBS/Sony, 1993)
• Thomas Lang: The Mediator (Koch International, 1995)
• Trilok Gurtu: Bad Habits Die Hard (CMP, 1996)
• Trilok Gurtu: Believe (CMP, 1995)
• Uri Caine: Love Fugúe-Robert Schúmann (Winter & Winter, 2000)
• Vincent Chancey: Welcome Mr. Chancey (In & Out Records, 1989)
• Wayne Shorter: High Life, (Verve, 1995)
• Kevin Bruce Harris: And They Walked Amongst the People (Enja, 1992)
• Lost Tribe: Co-producer/ leader on Lost Tribe and Soul Fish (Windham Hill)
• "Whatever Happened to the Heroes" (Performance on Soundtrack to The Fantastic
Four, (Century Fox 20th, 2005)
• Composed and performed score for the independent film, Kairos (Shanti Thakur, 2001)
47th Annual Grammy Awards (2005), Live 8 (London Stage, 2005), Nobel Prize Peace Show
(Oslo, 2005), 2005 Brit Awards Show, David Letterman Show, The Tonight Show with Jay
Leno, Late Night with Conan O'Brien, Oprah Winfrey Show, PBS SoundStage, The View, Regis
& Kelly, Late Show w/ Greg Killian, Jimmy Kimmel Show, CBS Saturday Morning, Good
Morning America, VH1, MTV Rock The Vote, BET on Jazz "Live at the Knit" Concert Series

Set List

2 45 minute sets, or 1 90 minute set, + encore

Typical Set List Includes:
1. Vertical Path
2. Protean Way
3. Douala
4. Hankiskas
5. Law of Balance
6. Window to the Soul
7. Unified Presence
8. 11th Hour Blues