Drake, Gahnold & Parker - The Last Dances

Mike Szajewski, WNUR

A short while back, Ayler Records released a 2002 recording from Sweden including the international trio of Chicago drummer Hamid Drake, New York bassist William Parker, and the lesser known Swedish alto man, Anders Gahnold.

Here, the label provides more cuts from the same date, leaving nothing to be desired.  As always, Drake and Parker display a magical connection, breezily drifting through ballad-like pieces, while treacherously navigating through intense, swinging workouts.  All the while, the Swedish reed player sounds remarkably comfortable, playing a powerful style without overpowering and disrupting the delicate trio balance.

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