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Hamid Drake

b. 3 August 1955, Monroe, Louisiana, USA. Hamid Drake studied drums extensively, including eastern and Caribbean styles. In 1974 he began what was to be a long-term musical relationship with Fred Anderson. In the late 70s, Anderson introduced him to George Lewis and Douglas Ewart. His most significant percussion influences, Ed Blackwell and Adam Rudolph, date from this period. The latter, who was a childhood friend, became another continuing collaborator and they appeared together in numerous contexts, including Anderson's 1979 The Missing Link. Don Cherry, who Drake first met in 1978, was another continuing collaborator

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Ian Patterson's Best Releases Of 2020

Read "Ian Patterson's Best Releases Of 2020" reviewed by Ian Patterson

A year like no other produced a terrific amount of great music, much of inspired by--or in spite of—the surreal circumstances. Here, in no particular order, are some of my favorite releases of the year. A huge thank you to all the musicians, record labels, studios, agents, promotors and virtual technicians who helped keep us relatively ...

Resonance & Rapsodies

Label: Dodicilune
Released: 2020
Track listing:
CD 1
Promise; Revelation; Homo Sum; Dedalus; Omumua; Resonance; Ad astra.
CD2
Adelante; Ergonomic; Ijo Ki Mba Jo; Monkonious; Villaraspa; To the Masters; China Syndrome; Violeta; Mad for Misha.

Imaginary Archipelago

Label: Meta Records
Released: 2020
Track listing: Okomibo; Alima; Ibak; Dimahala; Apekweh; Madazuba; Pitek; Chandirasa; Suwakaba; Vajna; Sorokaba.

A Tribute to Alvin Fielder - Live at Vision Festival XXIV

Label: Mahakala Music
Released: 2020
Track listing: Tribute to Alvin Fielder.

Every Dog Has His Day But It Doesn't Matter Because Fat Cat Is Getting Fatter

Label: ESP Disk
Released: 2020
Track listing: CD 1: The Forest Council; Thelonious Forever; Magic World Pt. 1 – Study; Magic World Pt. 2 – Work; Magic World Pt. 3 – Life; CD 2: Sir Denis; Business With William; Lesson II.

The Catch Of A Ghost

Label: I Dischi Di Angelica
Released: 2020
Track listing: The Catch Of A Ghost; Almost With The Sun; Sound That Shimmers; Dip And Dive.

ARTICLE: YEAR IN REVIEW

Mark Sullivan's Best Releases of 2020

Read "Mark Sullivan's Best Releases of 2020" reviewed by Mark Sullivan

Despite the circumstances, this was a high volume year for album releases, rich in both quantity and quality. Mine is not a ranked listing, but more or less in reverse chronological order. Since I wrote fewer album reviews than average, for the first time I have included several releases that I did not review myself.

ARTICLE: YEAR IN REVIEW

John Pietaro's "Test" Of 2020

Read "John Pietaro's "Test" Of 2020" reviewed by John Pietaro

It would be a fool's errand in a covid-damaged society to attempt a peaceably gathered year's end “Best of" list, in jazz or any other genre or medium. But artists of jazz and all avant gardes have been especially susceptible to the considerable financial ebbing and health concerns of this period. Discussing this concept with my ...

ARTICLE: YEAR IN REVIEW

Mark Corroto's Best Releases Of 2020

Read "Mark Corroto's Best Releases Of 2020" reviewed by Mark Corroto

Goodbye to 2020 and for the most part good riddance. Unless of course, we are talking about great music. Hopefully, your self isolation bubble had good sounds. Keeping in mind the global pandemic will not end soon, here's a list of my top 18 releases for 2020. I hope they can ease the pain of social ...


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