Hamid Drake Describes 13 Records that Affected his Life

Not only is Chicago’s Hamid Drake one of the most in-demand percussionists throughout the world improvised music scene, but he’s open to all genres of music. He proves that in this deep dive into his record collection with The Quietus’ Sean Kitching. Every one of the 13 records cited has a special meaning for the drummer. Confirming his deep spirituality, they include sessions that feature other Cosmic Jazz truth-seekers like trumpeter Don Cherry, pianist/harpist Alice Coltrane, alto saxophonist/poet Joseph Jarman and, of course, tenor saxophonist John Coltrane. His funk selections point out the influences he received from the drummers in New Orleans quartet The Meters and guitarist Jim Hendrix’s Experience trio; while his non-American picks include a live performance by sitarist Ravi Shankar’s group. Still, the sessions that he praises above all the others, are two: a co-leader disc he recorded with Chicago saxophonist Fred Anderson, his long-time mentor, and the first session he recorded as a member of the group of New York bassist William Parker, with whom he has since played in different ensembles for over 20 years. One reading drawback: the article is spread over 14 separate sequential screens,