PETER BRÖTZMANN / WILLIAM PARKER / HAMID DRAKE
Peter Broetzmann, Hamid Drake, William Parker begin performing together in 1995. In 2003 The All Music Guide called the band “one of the leading ventures in the history of avant-garde jazz.”
Since changing music history with his 1968 album Machine Gun Peter Broetzmann has never slowed down. His collaborators read like an international who’s-who of the most influential jazz & experimental musicians of the last half century.
In 1995 the Village Voice called William Parker “the most consistently brilliant free jazz bassist of all time.” As band leader, composer, author & instrumentalist Parker is among the most influential artists in Jazz.
One of the world’s most widely respected drummers, Hamid Drake was born in Louisiana in 1955 & grew up in Chicago playing jazz, reggae & world musics.
The trio represents the most distinguished and influential artists in improvisational jazz’s history. Saxophonist Brötzmann’s explosive “kaput music” meets the spectacularly flexible rhythmic interplay of percussionist Drake and bassist Parker. Their sound is at once deeply singular and suggestive of world traditional musics from all over the map-Peter Brötzmann is a specter of grim emotion & raw energy, whether he’s playing tarogato, tenor, or a clarinet. He is one of the great existential improvisers of free jazz, in that his intensity does not seem to move toward transcendence but instead speaks of expanding passion. William Parker & Hamid Drake support, structure & alleviate Brötzmann’s testimony, adding & sustaining pulsing patterns that invoke African & Afro-Cuban ceremony.”
“William Parker has emerged as the most important leader of the current avant-garde scene in jazz.”
– Steve Greenlee, the Boston Globe
“The most consistently brilliant free jazz bassist of all time.”
– Village Voice
“For over thirty years, drummer Hamid Drake has been the holy anchor for countless jazz and improvisational artists, helping to take their visions to higher rhythmic levels while at the same time carving out space within them for his own explorations. He has been one of the most consistently daring and compelling drummers around.”
– Mike Wood, Perfect Sound Forever
It’s safe to say that PETER BRÖTZMANN is one of the most revered jazz musicians alive today. A saxophonist as well as clarinetist, BRÖTZMANN has released over fifty albums as a bandleader, and has appeared on over one hundred albums total. His1968 recording Machine Gun is considered one of his many classics within the realms of free jazz and European free improvisation, but he certainly didn’t stop there. BRÖTZMANN has also recorded or performed with a gigantic roster of musicians as diverse as Han Bennink, Fred Van Hove, Derek Bailey, Frank Wright, Cecil Taylor, Keiji Haino, Mats Gustafsson, Ken Vandermark, Conny Bauer, Joe McPhee, and his son, Caspar Brötzmann, a notable guitarist in his own right.
HAMID DRAKE is widely regarded as one of the best percussionists in jazz and 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 around the world, including trumpeter Don Cherry; pianist Herbie Hancock; saxophonists Pharoah Sanders, Fred Anderson, Archie Shepp and David Murray; and bassists Reggie Workman and William Parker.
A native of The Bronx, New York’s WILLIAM PARKER is certainly no slouch in the company of BRÖTZMANNand DRAKE. Indeed, the bassist began his career in the 1970s playing with Cecil Taylor, and released his first album as a leader, Through Acceptance of the Mystery Peace, all the way back in 1981. He has played with David S. Ware, Jimmy Lyons, Derek Bailey, John Zorn, Charles Gayle, Wayne Horvitz, Roscoe Mitchell, Matthew Shipp, and in the group Other Dimensions in Music. The main force behind New York’s Vision Festival, PARKER is also an avid poet and author.
Peter Brotzmann (sax, clarinetto, tarogato), William Parker (bass), Hamid Drake (drums)