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Shelton, Skeeter / Hamid Drake: Sclupperbep (Two Rooms Records)

After meeting in Detroit when tenor saxophonist & flutist Skeeter Shelton subbed for a sick player in a duo concert with drummer/percussionist Hamid Drake, the two found a bond through Shelton's father, Ajaramu Shelton, who had been one of Drake's mentor at Chicago's AACM; the concert was so successful that this recording was immediately planned, based around many of Shelton's themes.
 

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Label: Two Rooms Records
Catalog ID: TR006CD
Squidco Product Code: 31109

Format: CD
Condition: New
Released: 2021
Country: USA
Packaging: Digipack - 3 panel
Recorded by Joel Peterson.


Personnel:

Skeeter Shelton-tenor saxophone, folk flute, pan flute

Hamid Drake-drums, percussion

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"Detroit has long been a bebop jazz town. During the 1950s, the high schools, street academies, and jazz clubs nurtured musicians such as pianists Barry Harris and Tommy Flanagan, trombonist Curtis Fuller, bassists Doug Watkins and Paul Chambers, saxophonist Yusef Lateef, and many more who would eventually move to New York and develop international careers. The rhythmic and harmonic qualities of this music built on the radical developments of bebop but were somewhat more subtle and refined, which may have led to their broader public interest.

The city contributed mightily to the ranks of the second and third generations of modern jazz, and this kind of mainstream modernism has continued to thrive and dominate much of the local scene to this day. But the music began to change and develop various experimental directions in the Sixties, and those new trends influenced some young Detroiters as well. The pivotal moment in the development of Motor City avant-garde jazz was the founding of the group Griot Galaxy, led by saxophonist Faruq Z. Bey, in 1972. It lasted for seventeen years and provided a magnet and focal point for young musicians who were interested in exploring more experimental directions.

One of the most dynamic players who grew up in that era is saxophonist Skeeter Shelton. His father was a professional drummer who played with Gene Ammons and other mainstream players, mostly in Chicago. The younger Shelton grew up playing different kinds of music and used his time in the armed forces--he was drafted in 1970--to further develop his musical skills. He eventually came back home and got a good job touring with a soul singer for a few years and then made his way back to Detroit, where he hooked up with former members of Griot Galaxy to pursue more adventuresome music.

Shelton's main horn is the tenor saxophone, although he can play many other reed instruments, from clarinets to the tarogato, Hungarian version of a wooden saxophone. On the tenor, he exhibits a rough-and-tumble tone with a powerful voice that can dominate an ensemble, but he can take it down to a mere whisper when necessary. He also has an enviable command of the highest altissimo registers of the instrument.

Shelton's approach to improvisation is highly extroverted: he favors long expressive lines and takes his time with his solos, which can be quite lengthy when given the chance, developing complex patterns with recurring themes. Thus, although his playing can be typecast as "free improvisation," it is essentially compositional in scope, with larger structures in mind. But for all his abstract spontaneity, Shelton is an emotional player, and his blues background comes through; he sometimes treats his instrument as an extension of his voice or spontaneously picks up a small rhythm instrument or blows into an animal horn."-Piotr Michalowski

-Ann Arbor Observer (https://annarborobserver.com/articles/skeeter_shelton.html#.YW8VIXkpCmk)
11/23/2021

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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)
11/23/2021

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track listing:


1. We Must Play Music For The Children / Attic 4:32

2. The Call 4:37

3. Tru 2:04

4. Forest Dancer 7:15

5. Charles Miles 4:35

6. Like Father Like Son 17:39

7. Now That I'm Free 3:49
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"Detroit saxophonist Skeeter Shelton and Chicago percussionist Hamid Drake didn't know each other before Skeeter was subbed into a duo gig at Trinosophes (Detroit) after Hamid's partner fell ill. Shortly before the performance, it was discovered that Skeeter's father, Ajaramu Shelton, was Hamid's drum teacher and mentor at Chicago's Association for the Advancement of Creative Musicians. There was an instant bond.

The set that night was fire. This should be no surprise, as Skeeter, through his father, grew up around AACM-affiliated musicians like Roscoe Mitchell, Joseph Jarman, Fred Anderson and especially, Amina Claudine Meyers. Soon after, it was decided that Skeeter and Hamid should record together. With Hamid's international touring schedule, there was only a narrow window of opportunity. A date was picked for Hamid to come to Detroit for a day of recording and a one-night stay.

It turned out to be the morning aftermath of the polar vortex in early 2019. Hamid's just over four-hour drive from Chicago ballooned into more than nine hours. When he finally arrived, he was asked if he needed to decompress or eat something. He was sick of sitting in a car, he said, and just needed to play. That was it. Hamid was already on the house kit-no mic placement, no line check-and he and Skeeter didn't stop for 90 minutes. Then they paused and did another half- an-hour. It was an outpouring of free improvisation and Skeeter's own material-all of which was new to Hamid-that found the musicians discovering mutual sympathies and shared pathways in the music. For this release, we have highlighted mostly portions where Skeeter's themes predominate, because so many of them are excellent and largely unknown."-Two Rooms

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