Rhythms slide from slow strutting blues to staccato hip-hop breaks. Horn sections burst like big-band blossoms only to splinter into wide-screen free-fall soloing. The bass and drums kick up a funky mettle behind Gilchrist's wiggly lines, which hopscotch from stride to vamp to spacey tangents to tight motifs all before you know what's going on. It's a beyond-genre force that runs you over and leaves you flattened with a smile."
- Baltimore City Paper
Lafayette Gilchrist is a rising star in jazz & beyond. His sharp, incendiary piano-playing landed him a spot in the legendary saxophonist David Murray's Nonet and Quartet in 2001. But it's with his own group, The New Volcanos, that Gilchrist truly shines. On his national debut, The Music According To Lafayette Gilchrist, his fearless vision comes full focus. The record plays like a big, rumbling locomotive, packed box car to box car with steaming horns and greasy piano, all the while barreling forward on a funky, fatback track. It would of course be Gilchrist's compositions that are the engine. Electrifying tunes such as Baltimore's Belly," Assume The Position" and The Syndicate," encapsulate the highs and lows of living the hard life in Baltimore's inner city. They are the work of an artist with a viewpoint and the soul to back it up. Signed to HYENA at the behest of Living Colour's Vernon Reid, Gilchrist's debut signals the arrival of a jazz visionary in the making.
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