duo with Hamid Drake

Hamid DRAKE (drums) Yuko OSHIMA (drums)

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citizen jazz par Anne Yven // Publié le 11 décembre 2016

Mardi, ce sont les propositions axées autour du pivot Hamid Drake qui m’ont (em)portée. Le jeu du colosse bouddhiste irradie sans aveugler, s’adapte toujours aux contrastes. D’abord, son duo avec Yuko Oshima a permis de vérifier la loi d’attraction des opposés. Je me demandais comment le jeu musclé, métronomique, de la batteuse pouvait s’adapter aux glissements contrôlés et au groove chaleureux du batteur américain. Elle s’est d’abord distinguée en tension et attention portée aux détails, tandis que lui, grand maître du cool, a répondu en sourires et flots continus de sons sans jamais verser dans l’hyperbole. Inéluctablement, la symétrie a grandi. Gongs, peaux, toms, deux continents se sont regardés, imités et rejoints, sans démonstration vaine.

 

Londonjazz news by Henning Bolte On Friday, December 16, 2016

It was just the beginning of a strong night, followed by two concerts at Fossé des Treize – another venue where most of the concerts of the up-coming season are going to take place – built around Chicagoan drummer Hamid Drake. The first one was a percussion discussion of Hamid Drake with female French-Japanese drummer Yuko Oshima, to most of us known from her duo Donkey Monkey with remarkable pianist Eve Risser. There are a lot of differences between both musicians – the most obvious being the difference of body seizes and gender. How would the chemistry of both temperaments and temperatures work out, how would they complement each other or collide? Whereas Oshima made a furious start operating in a pert and bold way right away, Drake operated in a more rounding off mode such that a gripping common expression, a common countenance could emerge from it. The empathy between both musicians was quite high throughout and resulted in marvellous timing, wonderful transitions and great dynamics.

 

 

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