Recorded live at the Velvet Lounge a year before saxophonist and club owner Fred Anderson passed away, the Chicago Trio (Ernest Dawkins, Harrison Bankhead, Hamid Drake) dedicates this double CD to the legendary Chicago figure.
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Catalog ID: ROG-0030
Squidco Product Code: 15414
Format: 2 CDs
Packaging: 2 CDs in a gatefold double digipak
Recorded live on August 11th and 12th, 2008 by Sal Vito at The Velvet Lounge, Chicago, IL.
Ernest Dawkins-soprano saxophone, alto saxophone, tenor saxophone
Harrison Bankhead-doublebass, cello
Hamid Drake-drums, frame drum
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"Hamid Drake (born August 3, 1955) is an American jazz drummer and percussionist. He lives in Chicago, IL but spends a great deal of time touring worldwide. By the close of the 1990s, Hamid Drake was widely regarded as one of the best percussionists in jazz and avant improvised music. Incorporating Afro-Cuban, Indian, and African percussion instruments and influence, in addition to using the standard trap set, Drake has collaborated extensively with top free-jazz improvisers. Drake also has performed world music; by the late 70s, he was a member of Foday Musa Suso's Mandingo Griot Society and has played reggae throughout his career.
Drake has worked with trumpeter Don Cherry, pianist Herbie Hancock, saxophonists Pharoah Sanders, Fred Anderson, Archie Shepp and David Murray and bassists Reggie Workman and William Parker (in a large number of lineups)
He studied drums extensively, including eastern and Caribbean styles. He frequently plays without sticks; using his hands to develop subtle commanding undertones. His tabla playing is notable for his subtlety and flair. Drake's questing nature and his interest in Caribbean percussion led to a deep involvement with reggae."-Wikipedia (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hamid_Drake)
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1. Astral Projection 12:55
2. Sweet 22nd Street (The Velvet Lounge) 12:14
3. You Just Crossed My Mind 8:28
4. The Rumble 6:16
5. Peace and Blessings (to Fred) 9:24
6. Down 'n the Delta 7:40
1. Jah Music 9:57
2. Galaxies Beyond 5:51
3. Woman of Darfur 10:03
4. Waltz of Passion 9:00
5. Moi Tre Gran Garcon 17:48
6. One For Fred 17:19
sample the album:
"This 2 cd set recorded live at the Velvet Lounge a year before the legendary Fred Anderson passed away, is a fitting tribute by 3 Chicagoans to one of their own, the master tenor player, teacher, Velvet Lounge owner, advocate and AACM member, who has helped foster the musical scene in that city possibly more than anyone else. This artistic outing is a pilgrimage in sound taking us into the deepest recesses of this eclectic medium known as "jazz". These pieces conceived/composed by the 3 reflect all phases of their erudite abilities, their singular as well as collective approaches to the music both compositionally and improvisational while specifically highlighting Dawkins' virtuosity as a player and showing the masterful abilities of Bankhead and Drake as well. The music crosses barriers displaying every conceivable aspect of the "jazz" language with an almost religious zeal."-Steve Dalachinsky, excerpts from the liner notes
Chicago Jazz & Improvisation
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