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Catalog ID: INT104
Squidco Product Code: 7564
Packaging: Jewel Tray
Recorded August 28, 2004 at Jazzfestival Willisau by Schweizer Radio DRS2 and March 28, 1998 at Taktlos-Festival Zürich.
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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. A Former Dialogue 21:59
2. Trinity 28:25
3. Schwandrake 10:16
4. Willisau 7:41
descriptions, reviews, &c.
"When Schweizer and Drake play together, they have impeccable communication. It is such an elegant interaction, so close and intimate and loving, that the thought of adding another player is at first off-putting. But then Fred Anderson is not just another player. He's Hamid Drake's oldest playmate, a mentor and supporter and bosom-buddy. Their relationship literally extends back to when Hamid was a kid, and over the last decade they've played together more frequently than in the previous one. Two deeply musical souls from Monroe, Louisiana, who made their lives in Chicago and who now consider the world their stage. Bringing Anderson into their relatively young relationship, Drake and Schweizer extended the range of experiences they could draw on. In essence, Schweizer joins them, not changing their interaction dynamic, but intensifying it. Her deeply rhythmic playing complements their joint rhythms perfectly - more so, to be truthful, than some other pianists with whom they have collaborated - and at points in their trios they amalgamate into a single being, a will unfolding in real time. The South African motifs that creep in from Schweizer are unexpectedly complements to Anderson's splintered and hybridized modal lines, underscored by Drake's sensitive frame-drumming or explosive drum-set."John Corbett, from the liner notes
Chicago Jazz & Improvisation