|Volume 2: Summer Snow represents the second immaculate studio session of two of the greatest musical beings America has to offer the world. The recent expanded issue of their first duo meeting—First Communion + Piercing The Veil: Volume 1 Complete—displayed their eternal prowess via intensity in full, redefining drum & bass in any music. Summer Snow reveals Parker and Drake in a more meditative state, with Parker focusing on the doson’ngoni (Mali hunter’s guitar) and shakuhachi (Japanese bamboo flute). Five years have passed since their first meeting, and a whole lot has changed, so catch up!
“Parker and Drake visit under-explored territory here—the junction between the deepest riches of jazz and the many improvisatory traditions around the world that came before it.” — NPR
“These two high priests of free improvisation can rock ‘n’ roll with the best of ‘em. They come together to create sounds, images, and ideas that transcend time and place.” — All About Jazz
“Displaying a full spectrum of sound, Piercing the Veil is a magical recording of two of the most soulful and spiritual voices in avant-garde jazz. This album is nothing short of essential.” — Other Music
“With any luck, Piercing the Veil isn’t just a [one-off] day trip for these guys, because this is a crucial free-jazz advance.” — Washington City Paper
William Parker: doson’ngoni, shakuhachi, dumbek, talking drum, water bowls, bass
Hamid Drake: tabla, frame drum, gongs, drums