Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Drake/Gahnold/Parker, The Last Dances

I've been listening to this download-only release lately and wanted to make sure you didn't miss it. Hamid Drake (drums), William Parker (of course bass) and Anders Gahnold (alto) get something wonderful going on in this 2002 studio recording, The Last Dances (Ayler ayDL-075).

Blazing freebop is what's happening here. The rhythm team enters a killer zone. Maestros Drake and Parker kick up a beautiful fuss. And Anders Gahnold responds with some gritty soloing that ranks up there with his best.

That's all I wanted to say about this one today. But shoot, it's an inexpensive DL release that sounds good and you can grab it off the Ayler Records site (nowhere else) in a flash. Click on the Ayler Records link on this page (right-hand column, scroll down) then look for the grouping of download releases.

This one will give you smiles and joy.

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