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Delving Into Consciousness: Hamid Drake's Favourite Music
Sean Kitching , September 4th, 2019 09:47

Percussionist Hamid Drake guides Sean Kitching through 13 favourite albums of cosmic enlightenment courtesy of Alice and John Coltrane, Don Cherry, Ravi Shankar, Jimi Hendrix and much more. Photo by Ludmilla Faccenda


Fred Anderson & Hamid Drake - From The River To The Ocean
I did quite a few recordings with Fred, but that’s a very special one. The person who gave that record its title was Josh Abrams, who plays in Natural Information Society. I was trying to think of a title, because it was a record under Fred and myself and I said: ‘Josh, do you have any ideas?’ And he thought about it and said: ‘Why don’t we call it From The River To The Ocean‘ I said: ‘Great’ [laughs]. That’s a very important record because it has some of Chicago’s really fine artists on it, much younger than Fred of course. Jeff Parker, Josh Abrams, Harrison Bankhead. A lot of very important Chicago people on that recording.