Drake, Hamid & Jesse Stewart / Timelines
Album: Timelines   Collection:Jazz
Artist:Drake, Hamid & Jesse Stewart   Added:Nov 2013
Label:Art Stew Records  

A-File Activity
Add Date: 2013-11-14 Pull Date: 2014-01-24 Charts: Jazz
Week Ending: Jan 26 Jan 19 Jan 12 Dec 29 Dec 22 Dec 15 Dec 8 Dec 1
Airplays: 2 2 1 2 1 1 3 3

Recent Airplay
1. Jan 23, 2014: Rebop
D.U.O. (Do Unto Others)
4. Jan 16, 2014: The Sunset Life
2. Jan 19, 2014: The Sunset Life
D.U.O. (Do Unto Others)
5. Jan 10, 2014: Funk to Folk
Low Blow
3. Jan 17, 2014: No Cover, No Minimum
D.U.O. (Do Unto Others)
6. Dec 28, 2013: Music Casserole
Different Hats

Album Review
Your Imaginary Friend
Reviewed 2013-11-12
“World renowned” drummers Drake and Stewart collaborate on 8 tracks of percussion only (mostly) compositions. Some sound like you might expect for the platform: drum solos. But others are highly textured mosaics of percussive creativity, spellbinding. A few of these would fit right in an Experimental noise set, others gladly in a World set, while the rest in Jazz. Drake has a long resume, having played with Pharoah Sanders, Archie Shepp, Herbie Hancock. His work with William Parker is quite notable (some of my personal favorite work of bassist Parker’s, who I am a huge fan of). But he has also worked with world musicians, including Reggae. His roots in Afro-Cuban music come through heavily in the lovely tribalism that permeates all of this CD. Looking forward to playing this amongst a doom metal set.

1) (7:22) starts chill, then tom tom hand rolls, spiritual sounding vocal chanting enters and dominates
2) (11:59) conga type rolls kick into total tribal overdrive, funky, full on rhythmic killer stuff w/ some high hat and full drums entering slowly into the mix
3) (6:01) cymbal scrapes with tom tom, builds more percussively and emphatically
4) (6:01) despite beginning with a flute like sound, almost entirely composed on the high hat, with some ride cymbal in there, intense
5) (4:00) low harmonica (?) single note melody with tom toms
6) (8:12) starts off like a full on drum solo, then concentrated on tom toms, then back to drum solo’ness
7) (3:23) african musical drum tones, melodic
8) (5:17) super cool drone over which percussion all over the kit, hardware included, ensues

Track Listing
1. Lotus   5. Low Blow
2. D.U.O. (Do Unto Others)   6. Drum Nerds
3. Waves   7. Joyful Noise
4. Different Hats   8. Heavy Metal