Marcus Gilmore

Already one of New York’s most in-demand young drummers at age 23, Marcus Gilmore has performed around the world with some of today’s best known contemporary artists, including Chick Corea, Gonzalo Rubalcaba, Natalie Cole, Clark Terry, Nicholas Payton, John Patitucci, Cassandra Wilson, Steve Coleman, Wynton Marsalis and the Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra, Ravi Coltrane, Terence Blanchard, Vijay Iyer, Roy Hargrove, Raul Midon and many others. Gilmore has been repeatedly featured in world renown publications such as The New York Times, DownBeat Magazine, and Modern Drummer.

 
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The new release from Steve Coleman: Harvesting Semblances and Affinities has been receiving some incredible press. The Wall Street Journal’s Larry Blumenfeld calls the CD “dazzling” in his fine profile on Steve.

In a great review of the Undead Jazz Festival in The New York Times, Ben Ratliff wrote of Steve Coleman: “But it was hard for anything to top Mr. Coleman’s set… Whatever this festival represents, he’s one of the regents of it; his recombinant ideas about rhythm and form and his eagerness to mentor musicians and …build a new vernacular have had a profound effect on American jazz. Playing new music from a fascinating new record, “Harvesting Semblances and Affinities” (Pi), his sextet made Sullivan Hall, unbearably hot, a kind of pure-art pressure chamber… Above all, the band was an amazing system. Sweating through my clothes, I heard couple of good musicians behind me — there was almost always one within arm’s reach — reacting with kind of sickened wonder. “What is going on up there?” one asked, sounding almost worried. Exactly.”

Finally, the June issue of Jazz Times asks on the cover “Steve Coleman: The most influential figure since Coltrane?” Well, we certainly think so.

posted on June 22, 2010 by Yulun

 

We’re proud to welcome the incredibly influential saxophonist/composer Steve Coleman to the Pi Recordings family with his release Harvesting Semblances and Affinities. Steve serves as the logical link between the original AACM masters on the label such as Muhal Richard Abrams, Henry Threadgill and Roscoe Mitchell and the new generation of ace musician/composers Rudresh Mahanthappa, Vijay Iyer and Steve Lehman. The New York Times has already called the CD “bracing” and The Wall Street Journal calls it “dazzling.” Please check it out!

posted on June 12, 2010 by Yulun

 
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