Kidd Jordan / Hamid Drake / William Parker: Palm Of Soul (2006)
William Parker serves as a second percussionist almost as much as he does a bassist, and the outcome is music of a radically different character to what many listeners might have been expected. On "Living Peace" Drake is all over his kit, simultaneously serving the group's needs as only a musician of his stature canthis is also evident on "Last Of The Chicken Wings," where he and Parker share on percussion duties. One might be tempted to argue that all three musicians have developed some telepathic ability, so sharp is the standard of their interaction on this one.
This is ultimately one of those instances where larger forces may have shaped the music in some way. Jordan had his New Orleans East home wiped out by Hurricane Katrina just three weeks prior to committing this music to record. The fact that his performance here seems not even remotely shaken by such trauma is tribute indeed to the human spirit and how indomitable it can bea bastion of strength in these troubled times.
Track Listing: Peppermint Falls; Forever; Living Peace; Unity Call; So Often; Resolution; Last Of The Chicken Wings.
Personnel: Kidd Jordan: tenor saxophone; William Parker: bass, guimbri gongs, bowls, talking drum; Hamid Drake: drums, tablas, frame drum, voice.
Record Label: AUM Fidelity
Style: Modern Jazz