Released on February 15th, 2019, “Chant” (Shifting Paradigm Records) is the latest release from my collaborative project with saxophonist/composer Artie Black.
“…no matter which direction either the quartet or its individual members’ goes, their music always has a watm, welcoming feeling - hearing it is like running into an old friend who’s ecstatic to see you.”
-Izzy Yellen, Chicago Reader
“Henrylle” was written after attending a concert by the Andrew Cyrille/Bill McHenry duo at the 2017 Hyde Park Jazz Festival.
In preparation for the debut of our new duo project, Lucas and I have been chasing freedom from fear. Here is an except from our recent exploration. Hunter Diamond (ts), Lucas Gillan (d).
Black Diamond’s debut album “Mandala” (Shifting Paradigm Records) was released August 11th, 2017. Co-written and co-produced with saxophonist/composer Artie Black, this album represents seven years of collaborative writing, improvising, and friendship.
“The combination of the two tenors is extraordinary... the music is spirited and passionate throughout.”
- Downbeat Magazine
“They embrace a buoyancy and airiness that most contemporary saxophonists avoid in favor of something heavier and more fiery; together they evoke Lennie Tristano acolytes Warne Marsh and Lee Konitz - in their timbre, in their elegant unison lines, and in the way they solo together, braiding improvised patterns that effortlessly shimmer and float.”
- Chicago Reader