“He has provided a blueprint for the increasing number of European musicians who have been incorporating elements of folk music into their jazz.”
The Guinness Who’s Who of Jazz
“Improvising drummers like Shannon Jackson, Ken Hyder and Tony Oxley get closer to Varese’s tight structure and keen sense of abruptness.”
Ben Watson, Honesty Is Explosive!
“He propels his players with a frenzied energy and passion that’s breathtaking.”
Fanfare, New York
“Hyder’s debut record – Dreaming of Glenisla recorded 1975 – sounds for all the world like an Albert Ayler album released post-New Grass. The twin sax/twin bass lineup of Hyder’s quintet creates a droning, cantatorial spiritsound one can imagine as the sound of Ayler’s dreams.”
Doug Schulkind, WFMU
“It’s too cool for IDM (Intelligent Dance Music), too hot for trance, too formlessly simple for jazz and too formal and structured for improv. Maybe that’s why I enjoy it so much.”
Marc Medwin, Dusted Magazine (USA), on K-Space
“In a recent interview, Hyder remarked that shamanistic drumming has nothing to do with timekeeping; it is a means of accessing spiritual energy. Beyond all expectations, this recording actually touches that energy source – it is charged with visceral yet transcendent vibrations. Simply awesome.”
Bill Tilland, BBC on K-Space
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