Hard to believe, but A Night In November--Live in New Orleans is the first drums / saxophone duet recording by legendary New Orleans free jazz saxophonist and educator Kidd Jordan. He's accompanied by a true kindred spirit, Hamid Drake. Though both have made names for themselves in the rarefied world of free improvisation, neither are shy about their roots in more traditional forms of jazz, blues, soul, and R&B. Jordan, now almost 80 years old, is a remarkable figure whose music has only been properly documented since the late 1990s. In an interview with Ted Panken, published in Cadence Magazine ...read more
New Orleans is valued for its storied traditional jazz legacy, and not so much for avant-garde persuasions. But when it comes to off-center or free-jazz music, saxophonist Kidd Jordan's artistic persona frequently becomes a topic of conversation. He's performed and recorded with iconoclastic musicians and is perhaps the Crescent City's most prolific improviser. This excursion features his duets with the exceptional Chicago jazz drummer Hamid Drake, segmented into two sets and emanating from their encounter in front of a small audience at Piety Street Recording in New Orleans on November 20, 2011. Except for Wade in the Water" ...read more
Hamid Drake and Bindu Baltic Restaurant/London Jazz Festival London November 14, 2010 It's been a long time since the avant-garde has conjured thoughts of dance. You would have to go all the way back to the early days of the Swing era. But that's what came to mind on the third night of the London Jazz Festival. This was the second incarnation of legendary drummer Hamid Drake's band Bindu to tour, coming to the slightly incongruous setting of London's Baltic Restaurant in Southwark, on last night of a 7-leg European jaunt. While ...read more
Prologue | Day 1 | Day 2 | Day 3 | Day 4 | Day 5 | Day 6 | Day 7 Opening Invocation, The Blues Escaped, Stomp It, Rob Brown New Quartet, Broken Flowers, In Order To SurviveVision FestivalAbrons Arts Center23 June 2010 After three days of activity across various downtown venues, the Vision Festival returned to the well-appointed Abrons Arts Center for the core part of the proceedings. Everything a small festival might need was on hand. Main theater with comfortable seating and air conditioning? Check. Smaller performance area which increases ...read more
For the first two minutes of atmospheric discourse between the twin trombones of Jeb Bishop and Jeff Albert, and the human beatbox that is Napoléon Maddox, you would be forgiven for thinking that Hamid Drake's Reggaeology was an ironically titled free improv set. But that impression doesn't last. Infectious riddims kick in, based on Bob Marley's One Drop," and from that point on it's a joyous ride.
As the third disc from the drummer's leadership vehicle, Bindu, Reggaeology continues the template set by its predecessors only inasmuch as it is completely different to what went before. Their eponymous debut featured ...read more
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Kidd Jordan, Dave Burrell, Hamiet Bluiett, Maynard Chatters, Billy Bang, William Parker, Hamid Drake, Joel Futterman, Clyde Kerr, Gerald Cleaver, Fred Anderson
13th Annual Vision Festival Clemente Soto Velez Cultural Center, New York City June 11, 2008
It has become customary for the second night of the Vision Festival to be used to honor the lifetime achievement of one of the luminaries of the free jazz firmament and tonight, following in the footsteps of Bill Dixon, ...read more
For every musician, music is a serious endeavor and one that has no equal. Yet, music also means something different for each musician and it is this difference that generates vitality of the art. For drummer Hamid Drake, music links him to an explicitly spiritual world.
The name of his group, Bindu, finds its source in Yoga practice. Bindu signifies the turning point from one plane of mediation to another, where all Yoga meditation practices converge. That point marks the density and complexity, the simplicity and subtlety of time, space and mind.
Blissful is the second recording for Bindu. The ...read more
With time to reflect on the Katrina tragedy, jazz artists with ties to New Orleans have been emerging to tell their stories. Kidd Jordan, William Parker, Hamid Drake, Kali Z. Fasteau, James Blood" Ulmer and the Dirty Dozen Brass Band are among those who have committed their concerns to tape. Accompanied by drummer Hamid Drake and bassist Nobu Ozaki, saxophonist (and New Orleans native) Rob Wagner delivers his own take on the event.
As a creative modernist with regular gigs in the Big Easy, Wagner's mere presence invalidates the prevailing stereotype of New Orleans as nothing more than ...read more
Since the post-Hurricane Katrina exodus from New Orleans, the city's fabled music scene parallels the uncertainties of habitation and commerce issues. Here, modern jazz saxophonist Rob Wagner aligns with a killer rhythm section for a set recorded in December of 2005 at the French Quarter's thoroughly hip Café' Brasil. And while many musicians have scurried about trying to make an earnest living outside the Crescent City, drummer Hamid Drake and bassist Nobu Ozaki trekked to New Orleans six months after Katrina caught everyone off-guard. In effect, Wagner and elder statesman/saxophonist Kidd Jordan have signified the Crescent City's modernist movement. This ...read more
William Parker and Hamid Drake First Communion and Piercing the Veil: Volume 1 Complete Aum Fidelity 2007 William Parker and Hamid Drake Summer Snow: Volume 2 Aum Fidelity 2007
When bassist William Parker and drummer Hamid Drake went into the studio to record as a duo in 2000, they weren't quite yet established as a rhythm section for the ages (although they had worked together in Peter Brötzmann's Die Like a ...read more
The mere juxtaposition of the words summer and snow present a paradox infiltrated with energy. To move from the idea of one word to the other in itself requires a conscious shift in imagination. To invest meaning into the metaphor requires openness and belief in its potential dynamic. The duo of William Parker and Hamid Drake forges a bond that bolsters that dynamic in another release of their duo sessions called Summer Snow. When the two play, their sound is as hot as a summer's day and as clear as individual crystals of snow. We hear a true translation from ...read more
Fred Anderson and Hamid Drake's association goes back three decades. What was once a mentor/prodigy relationship is now a dynamic partnership with chemistry similar to Coltrane's late-career collaboration with Rashied Ali. Back Together Again (Thrill Jockey, 2004) was an intimate sonic conversation between two old friends; for From the River to the Ocean, the septuagenarian club owner and globetrotting percussionist pull together some of Chicago's finest players, and the result is as exploratory and energizing as anything you'll hear this year.
Planet E isn't a title as much as it is a destination, because the opening track's turbulent ...read more
Expanding on a musical relationship that stretches over thirty years, From the River to the Ocean finds tenor saxophonist Fred Anderson and drummer Hamid Drake, joined by three fellow Chicagoans, in a carefree mood. Guitarist Jeff Parker and bassists Harrison Bankhead and Josh Abrams join the duo on a lively set that encapsulates the highly conversational nature of today's best avant-garde jazz hailing from the Windy City.
Anderson and Drake's previous album on Thrill Jockey, 2004's Back Together Again, documented their first studio collaboration. Bolstered by tight, intuitive ensemble interplay, this set embellishes their core sound, while maintaining ...read more
Chicago-based sax legend Fred Anderson and globetrotting drummer and percussionist Hamid Drake have collaborated many times over the last three decades. Their close relationship comes, in part, from a similar background--both hail from the same small town of Monroe, Louisiana. They shared an almost familial relationship, with Drake beginning his career in his early teens by taking lessons with Anderson's son. On their new demonstration of this ongoing friendship, From The River To The Ocean, they continue to reaffirm and reconfirm the beautiful creative and mature musical bond that they've perfected over the years.
For this project Anderson ...read more
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