William Hooker

This show is available online here (click on individual tracks at right) and on DVD directly from Downtown Music Gallery.

William Hooker

 

Born in 1946, William Hooker is a drummer who moved to New York in 1974.  He remained faithful to his love of free-jazz despite his passion for spiritual themes of music.  He has collaborated with improvisers such as David Murray and David Ware and with Brighter Lights, a trio with flutist Alan Braufman and pianist Mark Hennen. 

 

His album, Lifeline, consists of drumming and poetry for a quartet with piano and alto plus tenor saxophonist Charles Compo and trombonist Masahiko Kono.  He also did Colour Circle with saxophonist Booker Williams and trumpeter Roy Campbell and Subconscious that documented a live performance by a sextet. 

 

Hooker was rediscovered by Sonic Youth’s guitarist Thruston Moore to get involved with the rock audience.  He came back to a more abstract and free creative improvisation during his middle age doing Shamballa with Moore and guitarist Elliott Sharp followed by many other collaborations. 

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