Hamid Drake

Hamid Drake ( born August 3, 1955 in Monroe, Louisiana) is an American jazz musician (drums, percussion).

Life and work

Drake grew up in Chicago, where he learned the drums son of Fred Anderson, before he took his place in the band Anderson. Soon after, he also worked with George Lewis and other musicians from the AACM circle. Since 1978 he was like Adam Rudolph Foday Musa Suso Mandingo Griot to Society and then played with Don Cherry and Jim Pepper, but also for example in the reggae scene in Chicago. He also played with the soul singer Melba Moore and the rock band Animal Farm. He frequently collaborates with William Parker, David Murray, Nicole Mitchell, Peter Brötzmann, Scott Fields, George Gräwe, Irène Schweizer and Ken Vandermark, but also with Bill Laswell, with Wadada Leo Smith or Michael Zerang.

Drake was one of the first American drummers who are serious percussion music traditions of other musical cultures studied and applied in the late 1990s as one of the outstanding percussionists.


As a leader

  • Emancipation Proclamation: A Real Statement of Freedom ( Okkadisk, 2000) with Joe McPhee
  • Brothers Together ( Eremite, 2001) Sabir Mateen with
  • Hu: Vibrational "Universal Mother ( Soul Jazz )
  • Bindu ( RogueArt )

With Peter Brötzmann, William Parker

  • 2001 - Never too late but always too early ( eremite 37/38 )

By Scott Fields

By David Murray

  • 2008 - Live in Berlin - Black Saint Quartet ( Jazz Workshop )

With Napoleon Maddox and Iswhat?

  • 2004 - You Figure It Out ( Hyena )
  • 2006 - The Life We Chose ( Hyena )

With Adam Rudolph's Moving Pictures

  • Contemplations
  • 12 Arrows

With William Parker

  • 2001 - Piercing the Veil (AUM Fidelity)
  • 2002 - Raining on the Moon ( Thirsty Ear )
  • 2003 - Scrapbook ( Thirsty Ear )
  • 2005 - Palm of Soul (AUM Fidelity) with Kidd Jordan
  • 2007 - First Communion / Piercing the Veil [ LIVE]
  • 2007 - The Inside Songs of Curtis Mayfield -Live in Rome

With Yakuza

  • 2007 - transmutation ( Prosthetic )

With Archie Shepp, Napoleon Maddox, Oliver Lake, Joe Fonda & Cochemea Gastelum

  • 2009 - Phat Jam In Milano