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Hamid Drake & Bindu: Reggaeology

Read "Reggaeology" reviewed by John Sharpe


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 ...

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Hamid Drake & Bindu: Reggaeology

Read "Reggaeology" reviewed by AAJ Italy Staff


Il progetto [a organico variabile] Bindu del batterista Hamid Drake si inoltra nelle terre di Giamaica, attraverso quei ritmi reggae che sono sempre stati una delle principali fonti di ispirazione del musicista della Louisiana. È una ricognizione incessante, quella di Bindu, dei legami tra il linguaggio contemporaneo afroamericano - che Drake esplora con una assiduità che ...

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Hamid Drake & Bindu: Blissful

Read "Blissful" reviewed by AAJ Italy Staff


Non abbiamo mai fatto mistero della nostra ammirazione per Hamid Drake, come uomo e come percussionista: tra le figure più rappresentative del jazz nero contemporaneo, attivo quasi fino alla saturazione in mille progetti, senza perdere mai in smalto, umiltà, spiritualità, capacità tecniche [mostruose], Drake è artista in grado di dare in ogni circostanza un qualcosa in ...

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Hamid Drake & Bindu

Label: Rogue Art
Released: 2006
Track listing: 01. Remembering Rituals (Drake-Mitchell) - 13:46; 02. Bindu #2 for Baba Fred Anderson (Drake) - 10:53; 03. A Prayer for the Bardo, for Baba Mechack Silas (Drake-Carter-Dawkins-Mateen-Ward) - 8:37; 04. Meeting and Parting (Drake-Carter-Dawkins-Mateen-Ward) - 11:09; 05. Born upon a Lotus (Drake) - 3:04; 06. Bindu #1 for Ed Blackwell (Drake)- 6:27; 07. Bindu #1 for Ed Blackwell, from Bindu to Ojas (Drake) - 6:08; 08. Do Khyentse’s Journey, 139 Years and more (Drake) - 13:27

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Hamid Drake & Bindu: Bindu

Read "Bindu" reviewed by Ollie Bivens


Because jazz is rooted in improvisation, it can readily incorporate other musical genres and instruments. Especially since the '80s and the emergence of so-called world music, sounds and instruments from Asia, Africa and Latin America have found a welcome home in the music. Percussionist Hamid Drake has been among those at the forefront of this fusion. ...

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Hamid Drake: Hamid Drake & Bindu

Read "Hamid Drake & Bindu" reviewed by AAJ Italy Staff


Dunque Hamid Drake non è soltanto l’incantevole batterista in grado di nobilitare ogni musica che lo vede partecipe. La sua impresa di leader-compositore in Bindu lo illumina anche come regista sonoro di primo piano, in grado di influenzare benignamente le prove dei suoi amici sassofonisti, sempre fervidi di idee ma che qui trovano accenti espressivi rari. ...


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