20 April 2017

WADADA LEO SMITH & HAMID DRAKE "EMPTY BOTTLE CHICAGO 2001"



Here we have the first contribution of Correct Silence.
The following are his own words........

Wadada Leo Smith has often shared the stage or the studio in duet with drummers: Adam Rudolph, Sabu Toyozumi, Jack Dejohnette, Louis Moholo and Ed Blackwell. Here is a concert with Hamid Drake with whom Smith has played sometimes in various bands but never recorded officially.
I have no more details about the exact date of the show. (2001 Empty Bottle Festival of Jazz and Improvised Music on 21 April - see info by Joe in the comments)
The concert is complete, it’s an audience recording with good sound, sometimes there are silences or soft playing by both musicians.
I have decided to keep the material like it has been recorded, no editing has been done.
There are five tracks with no particular titles, the music is improvised.
Listening to this concert, the comparison that comes to mind is Ed Blackwell who’s style is close to Hamid Drake and it can be interesting to listen again to « The Blue Mountain’s Sun Drummer « .
A fantastic record in my opinion.
https://www.discogs.com/fr/Wadada-Leo-Smith-And-Ed-Blackwell-The-Blue-Mountains-Sun-Drummer/release/3240992

Enjoy.

9 comments:

Ernst Grgo Nebhuth said...

1fichier

francisco santos said...

BIG THX!...

Andy said...

Good to see you here!! Thank you.

francisco santos said...

wise words as usual Correct Silence...gonna try to find that Wadada & Ed Blackwell album...and i found it!!!!...uploading!...wonder tip!...
BIG THX!...

Anonymous said...

i have a copy with this date 21 - 04 - 2001
I do not know the source
regards

mew23 said...

Just a reminder - another Wadada/drummer duo was posted at
http://inconstantsol.blogspot.com/2011/11/wadada-leo-smith-gunter-baby-sommer.html

I've reuploaded the audio file there and added a concert video.

wightdj said...

Appreciated, thanks.

Joe said...

Smith & Drake played together at the 2001 Empty Bottle Festival of Jazz and Improvised Music on 21 April. You can see the listing for the festival here http://tisue.net/chicagonow/old2001.html and an image of Dan Grzeca's poster for the festival here https://www.pinterest.com/pin/493777546629462271/ Squint a little and you can make out Smith & Drake at the bottom of the right-most box.

Odds are pretty good that the recording was made by Malachi Ritscher, the inveterate documenter of Chicago music. It's included in the finding aid of his archives at http://www.creativeaudioarchive.org/xml/malachi-ritscher.xml

Ernst Grgo Nebhuth said...

Thank you very much Joe, for adding valuable information and background. Appreciated!!!