Amazon.com Widgets

William Hooker Quintet: Channels of Consciousness (2013)

By Published: | 2,785 views
William Hooker Quintet: Channels of Consciousness Track review of "Lower Interlude"

How we rate: our writers tend to review music they like within their preferred genres.

Drummer William Hooker was a mainstay at New York City's downtown jazz haven The Knitting Factory, amid several cross-functional albums for its record label. He's a freethinker, possessing a broad musicality, largely immersed in improvisation, and communicates a comfort zone whether tackling or expanding numerous world music stylizations nestled within free-jazz, avant-rock and other genres. Recorded at Roulette in New York City, Channels of Consciousness is a passionate endeavor, where the quintet aggregates garrulous free-jazz, blues, and fluctuating asymmetrical structures during the free-form jazz pieces.

"Lower Interlude" is in fact, a program interlude, featuring Hooker's duet with percussionist Sanga. And rather amazingly, his complex African tom rolls sound like he's using a monstrous drum-kit. Such is not the case, as he performs his majesty on a scaled-down 5-piece. But with intense tradeoffs, the musicians prompt responses and push each other to the perimeter of physical limitations. No quivering or hesitation here, as the artists whirl through a parade of Afro-Cuban grooves, sparking feverish treks to lofty pinnacles via their polyrhythmic aplomb. Moreover, Hooker intermittently shouts oral cues as the duo surges forth with a stream of consciousness that is resolute and trancelike. Indeed, they push the envelope and perform with a sense of conviction, perhaps implicating that the human spirit can overcome all obstructions.

Track Listing: Track #1; Track #2; Track #3.

Personnel: Adam Lane:bass; Dave Ross: guitar; Chris DiMeglio: trumpet; Sanga: percussion; William Hooker: drums.

Record Label: NoBusiness Records

Style: Modern Jazz


comments powered by Disqus
Support All About Jazz Through Amazon

Weekly Giveaways

Wadada Leo Smith

Wadada Leo Smith

About | Enter

Mort Weiss

Mort Weiss

About | Enter

Rotem Sivan

Rotem Sivan

About | Enter

Michael Carvin

Michael Carvin

About | Enter

Sponsor: ECM Records | BUY NOW

Enter it twice.
To the weekly jazz events calendar

Enter the numbers in the graphic
Enter the code in this picture

Log in

One moment, you will be redirected shortly.