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Gilmore, David: Numerøløgy

David Gilmore (not be confused with the Pink Floyd axe swinger) is an American jazz musician who started out studying piano and drums before branching to the guitar at the age of fifteen. Over the course of his career he has appeared on dozens of albums. His third and latest disc Numerøløgy was released in 2012.

The subject of Numerøløgy, as you might have guessed, is numbers. The underlying form of the universe can be defined mathematically. It is the elegance of mathematics and the beauty in numbers that is explored here. Of course, numbers and music go hand in hand and Gilmore's compositions mirror that beauty in a most satisfying way.

Gilmore's band includes Claudia Acuña (voice), Miguel Zenǿ (alto sax), Luis Perdømø (piano), Christian McBride (bass), Jeff "Tain" Watts (drums) and Minø Cinelu (percussion).

This is not an easy jazz album 'to get' by any means but your patience will pay off in the end. The musicians are at the top of their game and the solos are excellent throughout. The first track "Zerø tø Three: Expansion" has the instruments blending together creating a slightly discordant sound. Piano and sax intertwine beautifully and the melodies seem almost tangential in structure. In "Five: Change" busy drums and percussion and a solid bass line provide the driving force behind Gilmore's extensive guitar explorations while the album ending "Nine: Dispersion" is a playful affair featuring some exceptional soloing. The drum work of Watts is particularly absorbing.

This is one finely crafted jazz album with excellent playing all around. If you like jazz do not hesitate to pick Numerøløgy. It's a winner in my book!

Track Listing:
First Møvement
1. Zerø tø Three: Expansion (5:14)
2. Føur: Formation (6:50)
3. Five: Change (6:53)
4. Six: Balance (7:53)
Secønd Møvement
5. Seven: Rest (12:39)
6. Eight: Manifestation (3:58)
7. Nine: Dispersion (12:56)

Added: April 21st 2013
Reviewer: Jon Neudorf
Related Link: Artist's Official Site
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Language: english

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