Brilliant, sensitive, endlessly rhythmic, intelligent, spiritual, and powerful drummer /percussionist from Chicago. Hamid Drake studied drums extensively, including eastern and Caribbean styles, he also frequently plays without sticks, using his hands to develop subtly commanding undertones. His tabla playing is also notable for his subtlety and flair. Drake’s questing nature and his interest in Caribbean percussion led to a deep involvement with reggae. Now touring and recording all over the world, and in constant demand everywhere, Hamid Drake has played and / or recorded with Fred Anderson, Peter Brötzmann, Don Cherry, Marilyn Crispell, Pierre Dorge, Johnny Dyani, Hassan Hakmoun, Herbie Hancock, Joseph Jarman, George Lewis, bassist William Parker (in a large number of lineups), and many others. He has also maintained his ties to world music through work with Foday Musa Suso and many others. Drake comfortably adapts to north and west African and Indian impulses as well as reggae and Latin. More and more, though he’s engaded as sideman, he’s devoting his energies and creativity as band leader focusing on his own groups and projects such as Bindu and the Indigo Trio (with Nicole Mitchell and Harrison Bankhead).