Hamid Drake

Hamid Drake was born in Monroe, L.A., in 1955, and later moved to Chicago. By the close of the 1990s, he was widely regarded as one of the best percussionists in 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 Peter Brötzmann, Fred Anderson, and Ken Vandermark, among others.


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