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Hamid Drake and Assif Tsahar: Live at Glenn Miller Café

It is no small coincidence that this explosive tenor sax and drums duet project was released on Ayler Records. Throughout this riveting live performance, recorded in late 2002 at the Glenn Miller Café in Stockholm, saxophonist Tsahar unleashes with the abandon of Albert Ayler while Drake underscores the white-hot intensity with the muscular, polyrhythmic aplomb of a Sunny Murray on steroids. On five searing encounters, Drake establishes grooves while simultaneously playing melodies against his own pulse, and Tsahar leaps into the fray with skronkified delight. This works on a sheer visceral level, though midway through the 17-minute “Warriors of Stillness” I could’ve used at least one key change.

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