281

William Parker & Hamid Drake: Volume 1: Piercing the Veil

By

Sign in to view read count
For a little over a year now AUM Fidelity has been promising the eminent release of a duo recording from Hamid Drake and William Parker. Since the two have worked together and created powerful pulses with a variety of other musicians, a duo setting provided the promise of music based primarily -although, due to the expressiveness as Drake and Parker, not exclusively-on the beat. This possibility sounded beautiful from the beginning and the extended wait for this disc, at least in one person's mind, only increased this sense. The hope was not placed in vain; Volume 1: Piercing the Veil was well worth the wait.

"Black Cherry" is a less than three minute long exercise in the duo's bailiwick. Parker steps out with a steady line allowing Drake plenty of room to do plenty of snare tasks ranging from accents to less restricted explorations. The two change roles for "Chatima" with Drake concentrating on the hi-hat patterns and then hi-hat/snare combinations behind the abrupt, quick, and most certainly funky arco of Parker. Parker steps away from the upright for the beautiful cuts "Heavenly Walk" and "Japeru." Listening to Parker play a bombard or a shakahachi with a heavy pulse is all the proof a person needs to understand that instruments are only vehicles for what put people can put into them. They don't have a life of their own and brilliant musical minds should not be limited to just one. The heavy and oh so busy metaphorical hand of Drake returns by for the title cut and "Loom Song." Along with that, Parker comes up with similar lines to what he plays in a duo with Matthew Shipp only with added punch and drive. Parker once again leaves behind the bass for the final two cuts, "Chaung Tzu's Dream" and "Bodies Die/Spirits Live." Whether it is the shrill sound of some cousin of the flute or a slit drum, Parker dangles out beautiful notes for all to hear as he dances and prances with Drake's hand drums.

Although it might not appear to be the case at first, Piercing the Veil is both a companion projects like Roy Campbell's Ethnic Stew and Brew and Matthew Shipp's Pastoral Composure and a superior document. All three discs feature top notch "outside" musicians -it should be noted that Parker played on both while Drake was part of the former- playing within more standard forms. But whereas Campbell's and Shipp's recordings succeeded to the extent that they stepped away from bop and post-bop forms, Piercing the Veil excels because it embraces what should be conventional and tired. It is "world music" made wondrous.

Visit AUM Fidelity on the web.

Track Listing: Black Cherry; Chatima; Heavenly Waltz; Japeru; Nur al Anwar; Piercing The Veil; Loom Song; Chaung Tzu's Dream; Bodies Die/Spirits Live.

Personnel: Hamid Drake - drums, bells, tablas, frame drum; William Parker - bass, balafone, slit drum, shakahachi, bombard, dumbek.

| Record Label: AUM Fidelity | Style: Modern Jazz


Shop

More Articles

Read United CD/LP/Track Review United
by Mark Sullivan
Published: March 23, 2017
Read Chromola CD/LP/Track Review Chromola
by John Eyles
Published: March 23, 2017
Read Satin Doll – A Tribute to Billy Strayhorn CD/LP/Track Review Satin Doll – A Tribute to Billy Strayhorn
by C. Michael Bailey
Published: March 23, 2017
Read Nature City CD/LP/Track Review Nature City
by Henning Bolte
Published: March 23, 2017
Read Beninghove's Hangmen Plays Led Zeppelin CD/LP/Track Review Beninghove's Hangmen Plays Led Zeppelin
by Chris M. Slawecki
Published: March 23, 2017
Read This Is The Uplifting Part CD/LP/Track Review This Is The Uplifting Part
by Karl Ackermann
Published: March 22, 2017
Read "Night Music" CD/LP/Track Review Night Music
by Jack Bowers
Published: October 4, 2016
Read "Come Together" CD/LP/Track Review Come Together
by James Nadal
Published: May 27, 2016
Read "Live At Edgefest" CD/LP/Track Review Live At Edgefest
by John Sharpe
Published: April 28, 2016
Read "Echoes Of Europe" CD/LP/Track Review Echoes Of Europe
by Dan Bilawsky
Published: January 26, 2017
Read "Which Craft?" CD/LP/Track Review Which Craft?
by Ian Patterson
Published: December 28, 2016
Read "Blue Innuendo" CD/LP/Track Review Blue Innuendo
by Edward Blanco
Published: May 14, 2016

Post a comment

comments powered by Disqus

Sponsor: DOT TIME RECORDS | BUT IT  

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!