312

Kidd Jordan / Hamid Drake / William Parker: Palm Of Soul

Nic Jones By

Sign in to view read count
Kidd Jordan / Hamid Drake / William Parker: Palm Of Soul A sense of ritual pervades this music, and these three masters show how potent a force it can be. The idea of evocation is a fraught one, however, especially when the result is more the evocation of others than the projection of a musical identity unique to the performer. At times here Kidd Jordan evokes the spirit of Albert Ayler, but this seems to be more coincidence than conscious intention, and perhaps it's only natural when the music is an example of an honoured strand of the tradition. Besides, Jordan gives so much of himself that he could act as a working definition of individual expression.

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 can—this 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 be—a 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.

Year Released: 2006 | Record Label: AUM Fidelity | Style: Modern Jazz


Shop

More Articles

Read Transparent Water CD/LP/Track Review Transparent Water
by Dan Bilawsky
Published: February 20, 2017
Read Billows Of Blue CD/LP/Track Review Billows Of Blue
by Dan McClenaghan
Published: February 20, 2017
Read Love Dance CD/LP/Track Review Love Dance
by Karl Ackermann
Published: February 20, 2017
Read Honest Woman CD/LP/Track Review Honest Woman
by James Nadal
Published: February 20, 2017
Read June CD/LP/Track Review June
by Karl Ackermann
Published: February 19, 2017
Read The Final Concert CD/LP/Track Review The Final Concert
by John Sharpe
Published: February 19, 2017
Read "Henry" CD/LP/Track Review Henry
by Ian Patterson
Published: December 1, 2016
Read "Up Go We" CD/LP/Track Review Up Go We
by Budd Kopman
Published: August 4, 2016
Read "Father Figure" CD/LP/Track Review Father Figure
by Dan Bilawsky
Published: April 3, 2016
Read "Imagine That" CD/LP/Track Review Imagine That
by Dan Bilawsky
Published: March 30, 2016
Read "Candy Prince" CD/LP/Track Review Candy Prince
by Jakob Baekgaard
Published: June 25, 2016
Read "Quiver" CD/LP/Track Review Quiver
by Mark Sullivan
Published: February 24, 2016

Post a comment

comments powered by Disqus

Sponsor: ECM Records | BUY NOW  

Support our sponsor

Support All About Jazz's Future

We need your help and we have a deal. Contribute $20 and we'll hide the six Google ads that appear on every page for a full year!

Buy it!