The Squid's Ear Magazine

  Rapid SSL

  PayPal

  Mastercard

  Visa

  Discover

  American Express



© 2002-2018, Squidco LLC


McPhee, Joe / Hamid Drake: Keep Going (Corbett vs. Dempsey)

The second duo album between saxophonist & pocket trumpeter Joe McPhee and drummer/frame drummer Hamid Drake begins with McPhee reciting words by Harriett Tubman (Keep Going), as the two inform and astound through masterful playing, together and solo, shaking the listener through intense and unambiguously clear playing, with pieces reflecting our world situation.
 

Price: $14.95


Quantity:

In Stock


Shipping Weight: 3.00 units

Quantity in Basket: None

Log In to use our Wish List
product information:


UPC: B07J352QMD

Label: Corbett vs. Dempsey
Catalog ID: CVSD 053CD
Squidco Product Code: 26572

Format: CD
Condition: New
Released: 2018
Country: USA
Packaging: Cardboard Gatefold
Recorded at Experimental Sound Studio, in Chicago, Illinois, on February 24th, 2018, by Matthew Mehlan.


Personnel:

Joe McPhee-alto saxophone, pocket trumpet

Hamid Drake-drum kit, hand percussion

Click an artist name above to see in-stock items for that artist.

Highlight an instrument above
and click here to Search for albums with that instrument.

Artist Biographies:

"Joe McPhee, born November 3,1939 in Miami, Florida, USA, is a multi-instrumentalist, composer, improviser, conceptualist and theoretician. He began playing the trumpet at age eight, taught by his father, himself a trumpet player. He continued on that instrument through his formative school years and later in a U.S. Army band stationed in Germany, at which time he was introduced to performing traditional jazz. Clifford Thornton's Freedom and Unity, released in 1969 on the Third World label, is the first recording on which he appears as a side man. In 1968, inspired by the music of Albert Ayler, he took up the saxophone and began an active involvement in both acoustic and electronic music.

His first recordings as leader appeared on the CJ Records label, founded in 1969 by painter Craig Johnson. These include Underground Railroad by the Joe McPhee Quartet (1969), Nation Time (1970), Trinity (1971) and Pieces of Light (1974). In 1975, Swiss entrepreneur Werner X. Uehlinger release Black Magic Man by McPhee, on what was to become Hat Hut Records.

In 1981, he met composer, accordionist, performer, and educator Pauline Oliveros, whose theories of "deep listening" strengthened his interests in extended instrumental and electronic techniques. he also discovered Edward de Bono's book Lateral Thinking: A Textbook of Creativity, which presents concepts for solving problems by "disrupting an apparent sequence and arriving at the solution from another angle." de Bono's theories inspired McPhee to apply this "sideways thinking" to his own work in creative improvisation, resulting in the concept of "Po Music." McPhee describes "Po Music" as a "process of provocation" (Po is a language indicator to show that provocation is being used) to "move from one fixed set of ideas in an attempt to discover new ones." He concludes, "It is a Positive, Possible, Poetic Hypothesis." The results of this application of Po principles to creative improvisation can be heard on several Hat Art recordings, including Topology, Linear B, and Oleo & a Future Retrospective.

In 1997, McPhee discovered two like-minded improvisers in bassist Dominic Duval and drummer Jay Rosen. The trio premiered at the Vision Jazz Festival in 1998 but the concert went unnoticed by the press. McPhee, Duval, and Rosen therefore decided that an apt title for the group would be Trio X. In 2004 he created Survival Unit III with Fred Lonberg-Holm and Michael Zerang to expand his musical horizons and with a career spanning nearly 50 years and over 100 recordings, he continues to tour internationally, forge new connections while reaching for music's outer limits."

-Joe McPhee Website (http://joemcphee.com/bio.html)
11/14/2018

Have a better biography or biography source? Please Contact Us so that we can update this biography.

"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.

Drake has worked with trumpeter Don Cherry, pianist Herbie Hancock, saxophonists Pharoah Sanders, Fred Anderson, Archie Shepp and David Murray and bassists Reggie Workman and William Parker (in a large number of lineups)

He studied drums extensively, including eastern and Caribbean styles. He frequently plays without sticks; using his hands to develop subtle commanding undertones. His tabla playing is notable for his subtlety and flair. Drake's questing nature and his interest in Caribbean percussion led to a deep involvement with reggae."

-Wikipedia (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hamid_Drake)
11/14/2018

Have a better biography or biography source? Please Contact Us so that we can update this biography.
track listing:


1. Keep Going (9:50)

2. Lord Don't Let 'Em Drop Them Goddamn Nukes On Us Lord (7:05)

3. Sojourner's Truth (For Fannie Lou Hammer (5:40)

4. Endangered Species (10:05)

5. Medgar/Malcolm/Martin (9:52)

6. Time Was (For President Barack Hussein Obama) (3:43)

7. Morning Star (For Lucy Stone) (4:18)

8. Makes Me Wanna Holler (For Representative John Lewis) (3:46)

sample the album:








descriptions, reviews, &c.

"It's easy to be cynical these days, maybe difficult to imagine that music can change the world, but not for Joe McPhee and Hamid Drake. With Keep Going, they will make the planet a better place for humanity, a place to be humane, to preserve humankind. At 78-years-old, Poughkeepsie multi-instrumentalist McPhee is a national treasure, and he's making more music than ever before, pushing himself to tour incessantly, issuing astonishing new records at a fierce rate. But this release, with legendary Chicago percussionist Drake, is something extremely special in the midst of many special records.

The duo first recorded together in 1999, having only played together a limited number of times; the resulting music was issued as Emancipation Proclamation on the Okka Disk label. When the opportunity arose to hit the studio for a second time, McPhee and Drake had two more decades of extensive work together under their belts, as members of the Peter Brötzmann Chicago Tentet and in many other contexts. But the session somehow consolidated their shared energy in an unexpected way - the drummer's incredible warmth and sense of buoyancy, the saxophonist and trumpeter's preternatural musicality and quest for social justice.

The recording started with McPhee reciting words by Harriett Tubman, resulting in the title track; Drake's support was an achingly slow Max Roach-like beat. From this inspired, inspiring starting point, the twosome frolicked through a rich program, McPhee donning tenor and alto saxes, and pocket trumpet, Drake turning momentarily to the frame drum.

Each musician contributes an introspective solo track. McPhee at one point plays trumpet into an open gong, which gives him otherworldly overtones, a sort of acoustic version of electric Miles. Drake makes too few records, so anything of his is mandatory; McPhee's been on a roll lately, releasing lots of music, but Keep Going is one not to be missed."-Corbett Vs. Dempsey

Related Categories of Interest:


Improvised Music
Jazz
Free Improvisation
NY Downtown & Jazz/Improv
Joe McPhee
Duo Recordings
Staff Picks & Recommended Items
New in Improvised Music
Recent Releases and Best Sellers


Other Releases With These Artists:
McPhee, Joe / Mats Gustafsson
Brace For Impact
(Corbett vs. Dempsey)
McPhee, Joe
Nation Time
(Corbett vs. Dempsey)
McPhee, Joe
One Day... A Lightning Storm [10-inch VINYL]
(Sound American/Pleasure of the Text Records)
Mako Sica / Hamid Drake
Ronda [CASSETTE + DOWNLOAD]
(Astral Spirits)
Mako Sica / Hamid Drake
Ronda [VINYL 2 LPs]
(Feeding Tube Records)
McPhee, Joe / John Edwards / Klaus Kugel
Journey to Parazzar
(Not Two)
Amado / Mcphee / Kessler / Corsano
A History Of Nothing [VINYL]
(Trost Records)
Thornton, Clifford Memorial Quartet, The (McPhee / Lazro / Foussat / Sato)
Sweet Oranges
(Not Two)
Thing, The (Gustafsson / Haker Flaten / Nilssen-Love + McPhee)
Again [VINYL]
(The Thing Records)
Thing, The (Gustafsson / Haker Flaten / Nilssen-Love + McPhee)
Again
(The Thing Records)
Plan B (Joe Mcphee / James Keepnews / David Berger)
From Outer Space [VINYL with DOWNLOAD]
(Roaratorio)
McPhee, Joe
The Willisau Concert
(Corbett vs. Dempsey)
McPhee, Joe / Bryan Eubanks
My Undocumented Alien Clarinet [VINYL]
(Penultimate Press)
McPhee, Joe
Seattle Symphony [VINYL]
(Kye)
McPhee, Joe / Damon Smith / Alvin Fielder
Six Situations
(Not Two)
Parker, William Quartets
Meditation / Resurrection [2 CDs]
(Aum Fidelity)
Rothenberg, Ned / Hamid Drake
Full Circle - Live in Lodz
(Foundation Listen)
Ellis, Lisle
Elevations
(Les Disques Victo)
Foussat, Jean-Marc / Sylvain Guerineau / Joe McPhee
Quod
(Fou Records)
Dunmall, Paul Quintet
The Dreamtime Suite
(FMR)
Parker, Evan / Daunik Lazro / Joe McPhee
Seven Pieces. Live At Willisau 1995
(Clean Feed)
Drake, Hamid / Sylvain Kassap
Heads Or Tails [2 CDs]
(RogueArt)
McPhee, Joe / Raymond Boni
Live From The Magic City (Birmingham, Alabama)
(Trost Records)
McPhee, Joe / Andre Jaume
Nuclear Family
(Corbett vs. Dempsey)
Eloping with the Sun (William Parker / Morris / Drake)
Counteract This Turmoil Like Trees and Birds
(RogueArt)
Universal Indians w/ Joe McPhee
Skullduggery [VINYL 2 LPs]
(Clean Feed)
Brotzmann, Peter / William Parker / Hamid Drake
Song Sentimentale [VINYL]
(Otoroku)
Foussat, Jean-Marc / Les Autres
Alternative Oblique [4 CD Box Set]
(Improvising Beings)
McPhee, Joe
Alone Together: The Solo Ensemble Recordings 1974 & 1979
(Corbett vs. Dempsey)
Rova Channeling Coltrane
Electric Ascension - Live At The 2012 Guelph Festival + "Cleaning The Mirror - A Documentary by John Rogers" [Blu Ray + DVD + CD]
(RogueArt)
McPhee, Joe / Raymond Boni
Jukebox-Series 003 [7-inch VINYL]
(Trost Records)
McPhee / Saft / Morris / Downs
Ticonderoga
(Clean Feed)
The Turbine! (Bankhead / Duboc / Drake / Lopez + guests)
Entropy/Enthalpy [2 CDs]
(RogueArt)
Universal Indians + Joe McPhee (Dikeman / Strom / Ostvang)
Skullduggery
(Clean Feed)
Brotzmann / McPhee / Kessler / Zerang
Tales Out Of Time
(Hatology)
McPhee, Joe
As Serious As Your Life [reissue]
(Hatology)
Decoy with Joe Mcphee
Spontaneous Combustion [2 CDs]
(Otoroku)
McPhee, Joe / Paal Nilssen-Love
Red Sky
(PNL)
Parker, Evan & Joe Mcphee
What / If / They Both Could Fly [VINYL]
(Rune Grammofon)
Parker, Evan & Joe Mcphee
What / If / They Both Could Fly
(Rune Grammofon)
Jordan, Kidd & Hamid Drake
A Night in November
(Valid Records)
DKV Trio + Gustafsson / Nilssen-Love / Pupillo
Schl8hof [VINYL]
(Trost Records)
DKV Trio + Gustafsson / Nilssen-Love / Pupillo
Schl8hof
(Trost Records)
McPhee, Joe
Sonic Elements
(Clean Feed)
Trespass Trio + Joe McPhee
Human Encore
(Clean Feed)
Lacy, Steve & Joe McPhee
The Rest [VINYL]
(Roaratorio)
Albert, Jeff' Instigation Quartet
The Tree On The Mound
(RogueArt)
McPhee, Joe
The Loneliest Woman [CD EP]
(Corbett vs. Dempsey)
McPhee, Joe
Variations on a Blue Line / 'Round Midnight
(Corbett vs. Dempsey)
Haker-Flaten New York Quartet, Ingebrigt (McPhee / Wooley / Morris)
Now Is
(Clean Feed)
Petit, Didier - Alexandre Pierrepont
Passages - A Road Record: Woodstock - New York - Chicago - Los Angeles
(RogueArt)
Fields, Scott
Five Frozen Eggs
(Clean Feed)
Morris, Joe
Perpetual Frontier The Properties of Free Music [BOOK]
(Riti Publishing)
Mcphee, Joe & Chris Corsano
Scraps and Shadows [VINYL]
(Roaratorio)
Mcphee, Joe / Ingebrigt Haker Flaten
Brooklyn DNA
(Clean Feed)
Chicago Trio (Dawkins / Bankhead / Drake)
Velvet Songs (To Baba Fred Anderson) [2 CDs]
(RogueArt)
McPhee, Joe and Michael Zerang
Creole Gardens (A New Orleans Suite)
(NoBusiness)
Indigo Trio + Michel Edelin
The Ethiopian Princess Meets The Tantric Priest
(RogueArt)
Fasteau, Kali
Vivid
(Flying Note)
Parker, William - The Inside Songs of Curtis Mayfield
I Plan To Stay A Believer [2 CDs]
(Aum Fidelity)
Decoy & Joe McPhee
Oto
(Bo Weavil Recordings)
Gratkowski, Frank / Hamid Drake
Live In New Orleans
(Valid Records)
Drake, Hamid & Bindu
Reggaeology
(RogueArt)
Circulasione Totale Orchestra
Bandwidth 3CD
(Rune Grammofon)
Gjerstad, Frode / Parker, William / Drake, Hamid
On Reade Street
(FMR)
Parker, William Quartet
Petit Oiseau
(Aum Fidelity)
McPhee, Joe / Lisle, Ellis / Plimley, Paul
Sweet Freedom - Now What?
(Hatology)
Drake, Hamid / Bindu
Blissful
(RogueArt)
Giardullo Open Ensemble, Joe
Red Morocco
(RogueArt)
Fields Ensemble, Scott
Denouement
(Clean Feed)
Swell's Fire Into Music, Steve
Swimming In A Galaxy Of Goodwill And Sorrow
(RogueArt)
McPhee, Joe / Survival Unit II / Thorton, Clifford
N.Y., N.Y., 1971
(Hatology)
Drake, Hamid / Assif Tsahar
Live at Glenn Miller Cafe: Soul Bodies Volume 2
(Ayler)
Grimes, Henry Trio
Live at the Kerava Jazz Festival
(Ayler Records)
Parker, Evan Trio & Peter Brotzmann Trio
The Bishop's Move
(Les Disques Victo)
Brotzmann Chicago Tentet, Peter
Signs
(Okka)
Recommended & Related Releases:
McPhee, Joe
One Day... A Lightning Storm [10-inch VINYL]
(Sound American/Pleasure of the Text Records)
Mako Sica / Hamid Drake
Ronda [CASSETTE + DOWNLOAD]
(Astral Spirits)
Mako Sica / Hamid Drake
Ronda [VINYL 2 LPs]
(Feeding Tube Records)
McPhee, Joe / John Edwards / Klaus Kugel
Journey to Parazzar
(Not Two)
Amado / Mcphee / Kessler / Corsano
A History Of Nothing [VINYL]
(Trost Records)
Thornton, Clifford Memorial Quartet, The (McPhee / Lazro / Foussat / Sato)
Sweet Oranges
(Not Two)
Thing, The (Gustafsson / Haker Flaten / Nilssen-Love + McPhee)
Again [VINYL]
(The Thing Records)
Thing, The (Gustafsson / Haker Flaten / Nilssen-Love + McPhee)
Again
(The Thing Records)
Plan B (Joe Mcphee / James Keepnews / David Berger)
From Outer Space [VINYL with DOWNLOAD]
(Roaratorio)
McPhee, Joe
The Willisau Concert
(Corbett vs. Dempsey)
McPhee, Joe / Bryan Eubanks
My Undocumented Alien Clarinet [VINYL]
(Penultimate Press)
McPhee, Joe
Seattle Symphony [VINYL]
(Kye)
McPhee, Joe / Damon Smith / Alvin Fielder
Six Situations
(Not Two)
Parker, William Quartets
Meditation / Resurrection [2 CDs]
(Aum Fidelity)
Ellis, Lisle
Elevations
(Les Disques Victo)
Foussat, Jean-Marc / Sylvain Guerineau / Joe McPhee
Quod
(Fou Records)
Dunmall, Paul Quintet
The Dreamtime Suite
(FMR)
Parker, Evan / Daunik Lazro / Joe McPhee
Seven Pieces. Live At Willisau 1995
(Clean Feed)
Eloping with the Sun (William Parker / Morris / Drake)
Counteract This Turmoil Like Trees and Birds
(RogueArt)
Universal Indians w/ Joe McPhee
Skullduggery [VINYL 2 LPs]
(Clean Feed)
Brotzmann, Peter / William Parker / Hamid Drake
Song Sentimentale [VINYL]
(Otoroku)
Foussat, Jean-Marc / Les Autres
Alternative Oblique [4 CD Box Set]
(Improvising Beings)
McPhee, Joe
Alone Together: The Solo Ensemble Recordings 1974 & 1979
(Corbett vs. Dempsey)
Rova Channeling Coltrane
Electric Ascension - Live At The 2012 Guelph Festival + "Cleaning The Mirror - A Documentary by John Rogers" [Blu Ray + DVD + CD]
(RogueArt)
McPhee, Joe / Raymond Boni
Jukebox-Series 003 [7-inch VINYL]
(Trost Records)
McPhee / Saft / Morris / Downs
Ticonderoga
(Clean Feed)

Search for other titles on the Corbett vs. Dempsey label.