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John Dikeman, William Parker and Hamid Drake

Jez Nelson presents a concert given at London's Cafe Oto by leading American improvisers John Dikeman (saxophone), William Parker (bass) and Hamid Drake (drums).

American improvising heavyweights John Dikeman (saxophone), William Parker (bass) and Hamid Drake (drums) perform at London's Cafe Oto as part of their first ever tour together as a trio.

Leaving a mark on music scenes from Wyoming to New York City, Cairo to his current home in Amsterdam, tenor player John Dikeman has become one of the names to watch in the world of improvised music. Given free reign by Doek Festival in the Netherlands to form a new group of his choosing, Dikeman took the opportunity to begin a relationship with two players who had inspired him right from the first notes of his own adventures - William Parker and Hamid Drake. Their list of credits reads like a scroll of the great and good of the avant-jazz world, including Don Cherry, Pharaoh Sanders, Peter Brötzmann, Cecil Taylor and Archie Shepp.

Dikeman notes of his new bandmates, "The depth of their sound and strength of their groove, whether in time or free, lifted every group they played in. William and Hamid have played so much together, it's hard to think of a better rhythm section in any genre, anywhere."

Presenter: Jez Nelson
Producer: Chris Elcombe.

1 hour, 30 minutes

Last on

Mon 19 Jan 2015 23:00

Music Played

  • Daniel Spicer joins Jez for a roundup of new releases

    • New Vocabulary

      The Idea Has No Destiny (feat. Ornette Coleman)

      • New Vocabulary.
      • System Dialing Records.
    • Large Unit


      Composer: Paal Nilssen-Love

      • Erta Arle.
      • PNL.
    • Woven Entity


      • Woven Entity.
      • Babel Label.
  • The art of the rhythm section

    • Miles Davis


      Composer: Miles Davis

      • ESP.
      • Columbia.
    • Albert Ayler

      The Wizard

      Composer: Albert Ayler

      • Spiritual Unity.
      • ESP Disk.
    • Decoy

      Who’s Who

      Composer: Alexander Hawkins / Steve Noble / John Edwards

      • Vol 1. Spirit.
      • Bo' Weavil.
    • William Parker on his approach to the bass

  • John Dikeman, William Parker and Hamid Drake in concert at Cafe Oto, London on 7 May 2014

    • William Parker, John Dikeman & Hamid Drake

      Museum of Time

      Composer: John Dikeman / William Parker / Hamid Drake

      • Made in Chicago.
    • William Parker, John Dikeman & Hamid Drake

      Longing of the Heart

      Composer: John Dikeman / William Parker / Hamid Drake

  • Cactus Truck

    Search and Restore

    Composer: John Dikeman

    • Brand New For China!.
    • Public Eyesore Records.
  • New Release

    • Jack DeJohnette

      Museum of Time

      Composer: Jack DeJohnette

      • Made in Chicago.
      • ECM.

Line up:

John Dikeman (tenor sax); William Parker (double bass, Native American flute); Hamid Drake (drums, frame drum, vocals) 


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