Mako Sica & Hamid Drake: Ronda


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Mako Sica & Hamid Drake: Ronda
Artist: Mako Sica & Hamid Drake
Title: Ronda

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Brilliant inspired and somewhat surprising collaboration between Chicagos premier free-rock trio and the truly legendary percussionist Hamid Drake who has played with everyone from Don Cherry to Peter Brtzmann to Lee Perry. This collusion was precipitated by Matt Jackowiak a mutual friend who thought a merging of their sounds might make for an ecstatic explosion. This feeling became mutual after they played a show together at Constellation. The set mixes Mako Sica tunes with improvisations that took everyone to places they hadnt expected and the trip was deemed an utter success. Ronda was done at two sessions scheduled around Hamids insanely busy work schedule. The first was at Jamdek with Douglas Malone at the board the second was at Electrical Audio with Taylor Hales. The Electrical session allowed the players access to a host of additional instruments so the sonic palette on Dance With Waves and Emanation is wider and somehow more cosmic than usual. But the whole album has an extraordinary depth and width of sound. Even the great songs Mako Sica has had in its set for a while like The Old Book gain whole new levels of otherness here and the material based in quartet improvisations like The Wu Wei explores wild new territory for the band. Ronda named after a town in southern Spain with a famous 18th Century bridge crossing a deep gorge is the first span connecting the disparate musical worlds of Mako Sica and Hamid Drake. Let us hope it is but the first of many. -Byron Coley 2018 Edition of 500.

H 0.24
W 12.30
L 12.33

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