Au Naturel - Solo Piano

by John Gilmore

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    Includes folder with performer's notes, song information, and cover collage by Nina Mera.

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"The delicate sounds of John Gilmore entrance me from the first strains of his 'Prelude to the Rain.' Surprising harmonies, tradition, the influence of Billy Strayhon, all add up to piano brilliance. 'All the Things You Are,' one of my favorite compositions of the Great American Songbook, uses the altered harmonies favored by the great American pianists of today, and moved this listener to tears with its tender probing harmonies. All in all, a great album!"
— Mark Levine, twice Grammy-nominated pianist, composer, educator, author of The Jazz Piano Book, The Jazz Theory Book, and The Menu

It’s extremely awkward that when someone searches Bandcamp for what happens to be my name, my mug and album appear above work by the geniuses Sun Ra and John Gilmore, the magnificent tenor saxophonist in Sun's Arkestra. Believe me, their places are far above mine, now even in the stars they portrayed. That said …

All takes in this collection are complete and unedited live performances on one of my favorite pianos with myself as sole performer and audience. Tempting as it was to apply digital wizardry, what was played is what you hear, au naturel — no overdubs, effects, shifts, splices, or dices.

The collage by soulmate Nina graces this package with her vibrant sense of life, play, and mystery. To me, it conveys the mix of nature and artifice in the piano, a relatively recent and hi-tech addition to the ranks of acoustic instruments, given to conjuring orchestras and illusions of space and silence.

Once I was whining about isolation to an accomplished visitor. He observed that the great advantage of living here is the chance to develop without distraction or pressure to keep up with urban styles. I’ve been very grateful for his perspective and hope that the listener may hear a bit of this hermit’s voice in this mix of standards and originals.


released July 19, 2005



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John Gilmore Fort Bragg, California

Lucky to have gone to Indiana University before it had majors in jazz but did have stellar students and Jerry Coker on the faculty while David Baker was teaching out of his house in Indianapolis. More fortune back in Chicago exploring with AACM pioneers. Eventually to the Mendocino coast, too stupid to grow weed but enjoying regular gigs and the inspiration of visitors from the Bay and beyond. ... more


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