Parker, William/Hamid Drake / First Communion/Piercing The Veil
Album: First Communion/Piercing The Veil   Collection:Jazz
Artist:Parker, William/Hamid Drake   Added:Mar 2007
Label:Aum Fidelity  

A-File Activity
Add Date: 2007-04-15 Pull Date: 2007-06-17 Charts: Jazz
Week Ending: Jun 17 Jun 3 May 20 May 13 May 6 Apr 29 Apr 22
Airplays: 1 1 1 1 1 1 1

Recent Airplay
1. Dec 18, 2010: Music Casserole
First Communion I-B
4. May 18, 2007: Memory Select
First Communion 2
2. Jun 15, 2007: Memory Select -- Jeff Arnal interview
First Communion III-A
5. May 11, 2007: Memory Select
First Communion 3-C
3. Jun 01, 2007: Memory Select
First Communion 2
6. May 04, 2007: Memory Select
First Communion III-B

Album Review
Craig Matsumoto
Reviewed 2007-04-28
Exploring grooves and rhythms in a free-jazz vein, with Hamid Drake on drum kit or hand drums, and William Parker on bass, percussion, or strange reeds (disk 1 track 4, e.g.)

1 through 9 -- The original "Piercing the Veil" album, which is in our library already. Ecstatic free-jazz duets with a sense of groove (but not always forming a steady rhythm).
10- "First Communion I-A." Percussive duet, a series of mid/fast rhythms
11- "First Communion I-B." More percussion grooves. Faster and looser feel

12- "First Communion II." Flute with an Asian sound, plus hand drums. Fairly fast. Gets crazy in the second half.
13,14,15 -- "First Communion III." One long bass/drums duo, aggressive free jazz in three long tracks that segue. Great stuff. Track 3 starts with a bit of a slowdown/breather but picks up the tempo afterwards. Track 4 includes a lot of warbly, singing, bowed bass. Gets into an interesting stomping groove later and ends with lengthy applause.

Track Listing
1. Black Cherry   8. Chaung Tzu's Dream
2. Chatima   9. Bodies Die/Spirits Live
3. Heavenly Walk   10. First Communion I-A
4. Japeru   11. First Communion I-B
5. Nur Al Anwar   12. First Communion 2
6. Piercing The Veil   13. First Communion 3-A
7. Loom Song   14. First Communion 3-B
  15. First Communion 3-C