How dare we spend so much valuable energy answering such questions as "What is Jazz?".



“The third Hamid Dralke and Bindu dedicated to a rapprochement between “jazz” and “reggae”: a recording of “Great Black Music””

Hamid Drake: drums, frame drum, tabla, voice
Napoléon Maddox: voice, beatbox
Jeff Parker: guitar
Jeff Albert: trombone, Hammond organ
Jeb Bishop: trombone
Josh Abrams: double bass, guimbri

Kali's Children No Cry (19:23)
Hymn of Solidarity (7:25)
Kali Dub (7:12)
The Taste of Radha's Love (9:52)
Togetherness (7:07 ) Play Meeting and Parting (13:07)
Take Us Home (4:03)

Recorded on May 6th, 7th and 8th 2009 by John McEntire at Soma Electronic Music Studio, Chicago, Il, USA except 7 recorded on July 28th 2009 by Griffin Rodriguez at The Sape Shoppe Studio Chicago, Il, USA
Mixed by John McEntire, except 7 by Griffin Rodriguez
Mastering: Jean-Pierre Bouquet at L’autre Studio, Vaires-sur-Marne, France
Liner Notes: Alexandre Pierrepont
Photographs: RogueArt
Cover Design: Max Schoendorff
Cover Realisation: David Bourguignon
Producer: Michel Dorbon

The lyrics are by Napoleon Maddox (1, 3, 5, 6), Hamid Drake (1, 7), Ramakrishna (from "The Great Swan, a Meeting With Ramakrishna", by Lex Hixon) (4) and excerpts of Tantric Hymns (from "Mother of the Universe" by Lex Hixon) (7)

Following the stream of time and the dances of Kâli, the successive incarnations of Bindu, more a crew, sailing, outward bound, an elective community of musicians, than a defined group of people, divulge the logbook of navigation by Hamid Drake. A logbook of boarding sounds, which is not written but delimits and unlimits the narrative space where the drummer and percussionist freely circulate...
...The third Bindu, dedicated to a rapprochement between “jazz” and “reggae” – neither a recording of “jazz” nor a recording of “reggae”, but a recording from the “Great Tradition” – continues to create open environments...
...Whatever he does, the creative musician states the collective value, the variable mutant of play. Euphoria. At the second hearing, if all goes well, if he got across Kâli’s heart, if he or she does not hide no more, the listener should have grown younger by two or three sources of happiness.
Alexandre Pierrepont, excerpt from the liner notes