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Jungle: Mat Walerian/Matthew Shipp/Hamid Drake: Live At Okuden

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How is it that a musician like reedsman Mat Walerian can drop straight out of the sky and into your ears? Where did he come from? The mostly self-taught Polish born artist releases Live At Okuden his second for ESP Disk. The label is definitely the most appropriate record company for such a mysterious artist. Think of label founder Bernard Stollman's earliest artists, Albert Ayler, Giuseppi Logan, Frank Wright, Noah Howard, and Charles Tyler. All players introduced to us by ...


Hamid Drake & Michael Zerang: For Ed Blackwell

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This forty-two minute continuous recording of drummers Hamid Drake and Michael Zerang was released on the occasion of the 25th anniversary performance of their Winter Solstice Concerts in December 2015. The percussionists' tradition of welcoming the return of the sun to the northern hemisphere every December 21st by making music predawn only to be illuminated by the sun rise. This session happens to be the second day of percussion duets recorded by the pair in 1995. The first ...


Hamid Drake Carte Blanche at Bimhuis Amsterdam: PUNKT+ICP

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Hamid Drake, Punkt + ICP Bimhuis Carte Blanche Amsterdam January 23, 2016 World-renowned Amsterdam Bimhuis invited illustrious Chicagoan drummer/percussionist Hamid Drake for a carte blanche night on January 23rd. This article covers the event and adds some background notes. Hamid Drake frequently performs at this venue. To date he played Bimhuis 18 times in its 40 years of existence. When we consider this as well as his enormous musical range a festival would be ...


The Turbine!: Entropy/Enthalpy

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Among a stream of US/French collaborations documented on the Rogue Art label, The Turbine! represents an unlikely combination: two double basses and two drum kits. One pair hails from each side of the ocean with the Chicago team of Hamid Drake and Harrison Bankhead matched against Benjamin Duboc and Ramon Lopez (in fact a Paris-based Spaniard). The double CD package gathers excerpts selected from six live sets during a 2014 tour organized by a Transatlantic music network entitled The Bridge. ...


John Dikeman/William Parker/Hamid Drake: Live at La Resistenza

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The subtitle to Charles Mingus' composition “Gunslinging Bird" is “If Charlie Parker was a gunslinger, there'd be a whole lot of dead copycats," refers to the great alto saxophonist's ability to dominate a bandstand and quiet any and all comers. Parker, who died in 1955, might not have known about automatic weapons, nor the free jazz revolution which was to come in the following decade, but he certainly would appreciate a machine gunner like saxophonist John Dikeman. For ...


Kidd Jordan & Hamid Drake: A Night In November - Live in New Orleans

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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 ...


Kidd Jordan & Hamid Drake: A Night In November - Live in New Orleans

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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 ...


Hamid Drake and Bindu: Reggaeology at the London Jazz Festival

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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 ...

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