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William Hooker



Master drummer William Hooker has performed with a veritable "who's who" roster of jazz and avant-rock greats, including Thurston Moore and Lee Ranaldo of Sonic Youth, DJ Olive of We, Zeena Parkins, William Parker, and a host of others. Hooker's "energy music" is never less than full-on. He leads his ensemble with a fierce, pummeling kick-drum attack, and each player adds another crazy layer to a dense and mildly hysterical overall sound that sometimes recalls Ornette Coleman. If Jackson Pollack's scatter paintings were music, this is what they would sound like. It's a spidery, labyrinthine map of sound that is sometimes exhausting, always exhilarating.

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