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William Hooker

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William Hooker (born 1946) is a jazz drummer and composer.

Early in his career, he played with the Isley Brothers and Dionne Warwick, among others. In college, Hooker began broadening his musical vision: He wrote a paper on Alban Berg, and befriended some members of Funkadelic.

A move to New York City in the mid-1970s led Hooker to the so-called "loft scene" of adventurous free jazz performers. While Hooker was active in music throughout the 1980s, he was little recorded until the 1990s.

While most of Hooker's output is rooted in free jazz, Neil Strauss has written, "William Hooker is a man determined to get his music 'out there,' and he'll cross any genre to do it."

He has worked with Glenn Spearman, Christian Marclay, DJ Olive, William Parker, and Sonic Youth founders Thurston Moore and Lee Ranaldo.

Discography

  • 1982 ...Is Eternal Life
  • 1986 Brighter Lights
  • 1988 Lifeline
  • 1989 The Firmament Fury
  • 1994 Envisioning
  • 1994 Joy (Within)!
  • 1994 Radiation
  • 1995 Armageddon
  • 1995 Gift of Tongues
  • 1996 Heat of the Light (Dream Sequences)
  • 1996 Tibet
  • 1997 Mindfulness
  • 1999 The Distance Between Us
  • 2000 Bouquet: Live at the Knitting Factory 4.23.99
  • 2002 Black Mask
  • 2003 Out Trios, Vol. 1: Monsoon

External link

  • A 2000 Interview: [1] (http://www.furious.com/perfect/williamhooker.html)
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