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Hamid Drake

dr, *1955 US, Monroe, Louisiana
Musician of Jazz

Hamid Drake (born August 3, 1955) is an American jazz drummer and percussionist. He lives in Chicago, IL but spends a great deal of time touring worldwide.By the close of the 1990s, Hamid Drake was widely regarded as one of the best percussionists in jazz and avant 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. Drake also has performed world music; by the late 70s, he was a member of Foday Musa Suso’s Mandingo Griot Society and has played reggae throughout his career.

        
Instruments
  • Drums
  • Percussion
  • Vocals
  • Tablas
Genres
  • Jazz
  • Electronic
  • Rock
  • Dance
  • World
Popular Tracks   
Bowl Of Stone Around The Sun on Great Spirit by William Parker
The Catch of a Ghost on The Catch of a Ghost by Peter Brötzmann, Maâlem Moukhtar Gania & Hamid Drake
All Be(tween) on Black Cherry by Organic Grooves, William Parker & Hamid Drake
Gold Weave on Black Cherry by Organic Grooves, William Parker & Hamid Drake
Move On Up on I Plan To Stay A Believer: The Inside Songs of Curtis Mayfield by William Parker
Almost with the Sun on The Catch of a Ghost by Peter Brötzmann, Maâlem Moukhtar Gania & Hamid Drake
...Will Be Unbroken on Black Cherry by Organic Grooves, William Parker & Hamid Drake
Black Cherry on Piercing The Veil by William Parker & Hamid Drake
Black Women (For Beatrice Anderson and Amelia Drake) on Back Together Again by Fred Anderson & Hamid Drake
I Plan To Stay A Believer on I Plan To Stay A Believer: The Inside Songs of Curtis Mayfield by William Parker

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Band Members
Discography



Title Artist Year Type
ChiDavid Liebman, Adam Rudolph & Hamid Drake2019Album
In Between The Tumbling A StillnessAssif Tsahar, William Parker, Hamid Drake2018Album
Keep GoingJoe McPhee & Hamid Drake2018Album
Karuna (Compassion)Hamid Drake, Ralph Jones, Adam Rudolph2018Album
Full Circle - Live In ŁódźNed Rothenberg & Hamid Drake2017Album
Frode Gjerstad With Hamid Drake And William ParkerFrode Gjerstad With Hamid Drake And William Parker2017Album
Song SentimentalePeter Brötzmann, William Parker, Hamid Drake2016Album
Jungle Live At OkudenMat Walerian, Matthew Shipp, Hamid Drake2016Album
Heads Or TailsHamid Drake – Sylvain Kassap2016Album
Live At La ResistenzaJohn Dikeman, William Parker, Hamid Drake2015Album
Cleaning the MirrorJohn Dikeman, Hamid Drake, William Parker2015Album
For Ed BlackwellHamid Drake / Michael Zerang2015Album
Live At Jazzwerkstatt PeitzCharles Gayle / William Parker / Hamid Drake2015Album
ĐëğhėPaolo Angeli, Hamid Drake2014Album
Le Chant Des PierresPhilippe Champion / Hamid Drake2014Album
Flying EagleClaudine François, Hubert Dupont, Hamid Drake2014Album
Solid And SpiritPeter Brötzmann, Hamid Drake2013Album
Tender ExplorationWilliam Parker / Conrad Bauer / Hamid Drake2013Album
TimelinesJesse Stewart, Hamid Drake2013Album
Seven LinesHera With Special Guest Hamid Drake2013Album
A Night In November - Live In New OrleansKidd Jordan, Hamid Drake2013Album
Giornale Di BordoAntonello Salis, Paolo Angeli, Gavino Murgia, Hamid Drake2010Album
Sharing The ShedDresch Mihály, Lafayette Gilchrist, Mátyás Szandai, Hamid Drake2010Album
Brøtzmann / DrakePeter Brötzmann / Hamid Drake2010Album
Frank Gratkowski Hamid DrakeFrank Gratkowski, Hamid Drake2010Album
Live In The GhettoPasquale Innarella . William Parker . Hamid Drake2009Album
Washed Away, Live At The SunsideSophia Domancich / Hamid Drake / William Parker2009Album
On Reade StreetFrode Gjerstad With William Parker & Hamid Drake2008Album
DMG @ The Stone Volume 2: December 26, 2006Raoul Björkenheim, William Parker, Hamid Drake2008Album
Blown AwayPhilip Gibbs, Roy Campbell, Paul Dunmall, Daniel Carter, Paul Rogers, William Parker, Hamid Drake2007Album
The Last DancesHamid Drake / Anders Gahnold / William Parker2007Album
From The River To The OceanFred Anderson & Hamid Drake2007Album
Summer Snow : Volume 2William Parker & Hamid Drake2007Album
Willisau & TaktlosIrene Schweizer / Fred Anderson / Hamid Drake2007Album
First Communion + Piercing The Veil : Volume 1 CompleteWilliam Parker & Hamid Drake2007Album
Life At Glenn Miller Cafè, Soul Bodies, Vol. 2Hamid Drake & Assif Tsahar2006Album
Palm Of SoulKidd Jordan, Hamid Drake, William Parker2006Album
OnlyBeans Feat. William Parker & Hamid Drake2006Album
Evolving Silence Vol. 2Hamid Drake, Albert Beger, William Parker2006Album
Peace And JoyPaul Dunmall, Paul Rogers, Philip Gibbs, Hamid Drake2006Album
Evolving Silence Vol. 1Hamid Drake, Albert Beger, William Parker2005Album
Blue WinterFred Anderson / Hamid Drake / William Parker2005Album
Lost BrotherAssif Tsahar / Cooper-Moore / Hamid Drake2005Album
UothaPaolo Angeli, Hamid Drake2005Album
Back Together AgainFred Anderson / Hamid Drake2004Album
For Trio (16 Fantasiestücke)Georg Gräwe, Kent Kessler, Hamid Drake2004Album
Your Spirit Is CallingArthur Doyle / Hamid Drake2004Album
Never Too Late But Always Too EarlyPeter Brötzmann / William Parker / Hamid Drake2003Album
Songs For A Suffering WorldDavid Budbill, William Parker, Hamid Drake2003Album
The All-Star GameMarshall Allen / Hamid Drake / Kidd Jordan / William Parker / Alan Silva2003Album
Eloping With The SunWilliam Parker, Joe Morris, Hamid Drake2002Album
Brothers TogetherHamid Drake & Sabir Mateen2002Album
Soul Bodies, Vol 1Hamid Drake / Assif Tsahar2001Album
New World Pygmies Vol. 2Jemeel Moondoc & William Parker With Hamid Drake2001Album
Open SystemsAssif Tsahar, Hugh Ragin, Peter Kowald, Hamid Drake2001Album
Piercing The VeilWilliam Parker & Hamid Drake2001Album
The Atlanta ConcertPeter Brötzmann / Fred Hopkins / Hamid Drake2001Album
SpiritsPharoah Sanders, Hamid Drake, Adam Rudolph2000Album
2 Days In AprilFred Anderson, Hamid Drake, Kidd Jordan, William Parker2000Album
Emancipation Proclamation: A Real Statement Of FreedomHamid Drake / Joe McPhee2000Album
Live At The Empty BottlePeter Brötzmann / Hamid Drake / Kent Kessler1999Album
Ask The SunHamid Drake / Michael Zerang1997Album
The "Wels" ConcertPeter Brötzmann, Maleem Mahmoud Ghania & Hamid Drake1997Album
DestinyMarilyn Crispell / Fred Anderson / Hamid Drake1996Album
For Don CherryMats Gustafsson / Hamid Drake1995Album
HyperionMarilyn Crispell / Peter Brötzmann / Hamid Drake1995Album
Reflections On Ornette Coleman And The Stone HouseBorah Bergman With Hamid Drake1995Album
The Dried Rat-DogPeter Brötzmann / Hamid Drake1995Album
Jazz AfricaHerbie Hancock, Foday Musa Suso, Aiyb Dieng, Armando Peraza, Adam Rudolph, Joe Thomas, Hamid Drake, Abdul Hakeem1987Album
La LunaDørge/Becker/Carlsen Featuring Hamid Drake1987Album
Jazz AfricaHerbie Hancock, Foday Musa Suso, Aiyb Dieng, Armando Peraza, Adam Rudolph, Joe Thomas, Hamid Drake, Abdul Hakeem1987Album
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