Another truly amazing quartet for this night. James Brandon Lewis again. A young player that you have to hear in from New York. James has a lot to say. Sonny Rollins thinks so too. A great deal of information about James and his great recordings are on his website here...
I am truly honored also to play with the great drummer and percussionist, Hamid Drake. Previous opportunities were stymied. This should be something else. About Hamid Drake-
By the close of the 1990s, Hamid Drake was widely regarded as one of the best percussionists in jazz and 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 1970s, 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.
Tonight will have fine bassist, Nathan Lambertson. One of the singular players in New Orleans.