Wednesday, October 25, 2017

USA: William Parker & Hamid Drake-Summer Snow( AUM Fidelity 2017)

Hamid Drake: tabla, frame drum, gongs, drums
William Parker: doson'ngoni, shakuhachi,
dumbek, talking drum, water bowls, bass

The second in-studio duo session from two of the deepest musical / human beings AUM is blessed to work with. Following on from Piercing The Veil, this continues their masterful incorporation of sound traditions that span the globe, and reveals Parker and Drake in a beautifully meditative & equally mesmerizing state of creation. Eleven treasures of sound/song that ought give sustenance forevermore.
[ These recordings took place two days prior to the session that would yield the Kidd Jordan-Drake-Parker album, Palm of Soul. All set-ups were left in place in the interim. What a week that was! ]

"Although both Parker and Drake are supremely gifted virtuosi, capable of expressing themselves as expansively as possible, they are also skilled in the art of restraint, measure, balance. In fact at several junctures in this session, the music really comes to life precisely because it breathes rather than stifles under a barrage of notes, as might be the case were two less experienced and less emotionally intelligent players in the frame. The grand achievement of Parker and Drake is that... more
released October 20, 2017