Gilmore studied at New York University with Joe Lovano and Jim McNeely. In 1987 he began working professionally with the "M-Base Collective" and Ronald Shannon Jackson. In the 1990s he was a member of a jazz fusion band called Lost Tribe and has also appeared with Me'shell N'Degeocello, Monday Michiru and Tom Lang.
In 1995, he became a member of Wayne Shorter's band. Together with his brother Marque Gilmore, Matt Garrison and Aref Durvesh, he founded Kindred Spirits' CD Ritualism in 2001.[clarification needed] Together with Christian McBride, Jeff "Tain" Watts and Ravi Coltrane he recorded Unified Presence. Recorded in 2004–2005, the album received critical acclaim upon its release in 2006. Gilmore was the sole composer on all but one song, and also served as the producer of the album.
Gilmore has also worked as a session musician alongside Trilok Gurtu, Don Byron, Cassandra Wilson, Steve Coleman, Cindy Blackman, Geri Allen, Alice Coltrane, Tom Arnold, Carolyn Leonhart, Joss Stone, Randy Brecker, trumpeter Dave Douglas, George Duke, Sam Rivers, Lenny White, Uri Caine, and Zap Mama.
- Ritualism with (2000)
- Unified Presence RKM Music (2006)
- "Live at Ja77 Standard" (2012)
- ↑ Script error
- ↑ 2.0 2.1 Tamarkin, Jeff. "Unified Presence: Review". Allmusic. http://www.allmusic.com/album/unified-presence-r850250/review. Retrieved 1 January 2012.
- ↑ Andrews, Scott (19 November 2002). "David Gilmore: Ritualism (2000)". All About Jazz. http://www.allaboutjazz.com/php/article.php?id=10830. Retrieved 1 January 2012.