DAVID MURRAY & HAMID DRAKE
Date: Saturday, 28 Oct 2017
Start time 20:15
DAVID MURRAY & HAMID DRAKE (USA)
The duo David Murray & Hamid Drake is an original project in European premiere and exclusive to Jazz & Wine Of Peace Festival.
On stage, two of the greatest contemporary African-American musicians and without fear of being contradicted among the greatest rhythm sections of the last 30 years in the field of jazz and improvisation.
The American saxophonist David Murray, one of the musicians who best represents the African-American avant-garde, presents himself in a duo with Hamid Drake.
Heir of a certain strong African American tradition, initially characterized by an abstract / expressionist style founded in the 60s by saxophonists such as Albert Ayler and Archie Shepp, David Murray, later evolved into a sort of traditional tenor-saxophonist, playing standards with conventional rhythm sections. However, the re-readings of the old hits by Murray are very different from the interpretations of the bebop saxophonists of his generation.
During his career he confirmed what Ornette Coleman said, namely that the soul of black Americans is best expressed through the tenor sax. Murray’s sound is deep and gloomy, with a wide vibrato reminiscent of the classic tenor saxophones Coleman Hawkins and Ben Webster. After his debut with Cecil Taylor and Sunny Murray, in 1976 he was one of the original members of the historic World Saxofone Quartet with Oliver Lake, Julius Hemphill and Hamiett Bluiett. Towards the end of the decade he began to form his own groups with which he would gain important awards and a Grammy Award for the tribute to John Coltrane (1989).
With his octet and several small groups, he recorded mainly for the Italian label Black Saint. The etchings of his period octet revealed a talented composer. Murray’s record activity has reached incredible levels thanks to 150 albums released in thirty-five years of career.
Percussionist and occasional vocalist Hamid Drake is one of the most appreciated drummers of the new American jazz. Born in Louisiana, raised in the stimulating atmosphere of 60s black Chicago, the young Hank (later he would take the more exotic name of Hamid) approaches the association of musicians called Aacm, which is revolutionizing the concepts of avant-garde jazz. He joined the group of one of the Chicago veterans, tenor saxophonist Fred Anderson, with whom he also played in Europe in 1978.
At the age of 23 he is still an immature drummer, but already shows interest in the polyrhythmias of other African American cultures, particularly in Jamaican reggae. In the same year he collaborated with Don Cherry; this historic trumpet player and multi-instrumentalist exposes him to his own multicultural conception of music, which will influence him. It is no coincidence that shortly afterwards Drake joins the Mandingo Griot Society of the great griot of the Gambia Foday Musa Suso. The re-appropriation of the African roots leads Drake to frequently use the traditional drums of the various African ethnic areas, an element that makes his music very original especially when he returns to work with avant-garde jazz artists such as William Parker, or Ken Vandermark, Peter Broetzmann. Emphasizing its wide and heterogeneous range of experiences that also passes from Herbie Hancock to Bill Laswell.
David Murray and Hamid Drake have been collaborating for a long time, think of the Black Saint Quartet, Gwo-Ka Masters and the ambitious production project David Murray Pushkin, the blackamoor of Peter the Great.
It will certainly be intriguing to collect the notes and the dialogue of two long-standing musicians, with a solid and partly shared background, finding themselves talking like old friends who always know where to start a chat.
Original Production: Jazz & Wine / Circolo Contrattempo. Absolute preview.
The saxophonist DAVID MURRAY replaces bassist WILLIAM PARKER who could not confirm his presence at the festival due to health problems.
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Saturday 28 October 2017
Cormòns Municipal Theater
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