|Reviews - WILLIAM PARKER & HAMID DRAKE Piercing The Veil (AUM017)|
"A common myth says that holy men must speak in tongues. Take a quick tour [through the world of William Parker & Hamid Drake], and you'll learn that these two high priests of free improvisation can rock 'n' roll with the best of 'em. ... they come together to create sounds, images, and ideas that transcend time and place." - Nils Jacobson
'William Parker and Hamid Drake pretty much redefine the notion of a powerhouse free jazz rhythm section. They lay down a funk-fueled and abstract dialogue in even the most 'out' groups, contributing bass and drums in ensembles with monster players like Fred Anderson and Peter Brotzmann. Here, on "Piercing the Veil", Parker and Drake go it as a duo, exploring the outer reaches of what a drummer and bassist can do together. At times the two are just downright funky, hitting interstellar grooves that spill out in a joyous explosion of powerful sound.
They also dig into a more primitive musical language here, when Parker picks up the dumbek or shakuhachi, their beautiful reed/percussion duets cover a similar territory to the legendary "MU" sessions recorded by Don Cherry and Ed Blackwell. Displaying a full spectrum of sound, "Piercing the Veil" is a magical recording of two of the most soulful and spiritual voices in avant-garde jazz. This album is nothing short of essential. Phil Waldorf