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Hooker, William  Trio (Feat. Ava Mendoza / Damon Smith): Remembering [CASSETTE] (Astral Spirits)

Downtown NY drummer William Hooker leads a trio with West Coast players, Damon Smith on double bass and Ava Mendoza on guitar, for a live album at New York University in 2017 that blends free jazz and avant rock forms to create something unique and powerful, yet filled with moments of intrinsic beauty and drama, a great amalgamation of free playing.
 

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Label: Astral Spirits
Catalog ID: AS063
Squidco Product Code: 25471

Format: CASSETTE
Condition: New
Released: 2018
Country: USA
Packaging: Cassette
Recorded at NYU, in NYC, on March 13th, 2017, by Aggie Tai.


Personnel:

William Hooker-drums

Damon Smith-bass

Ava Mendoza-guitar

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track listing:


SIDE A



1. Inevitable Units 6:46

2. Never In Doubt 5:21

3. Identical Natures 3:41

4. The Magistrate 4:51

SIDE B



1. Grand - I Will 7:02

2. Barriers To Good 5:15

3. Figure On A Cinema (Drink) 2:35
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"Drummer William Hooker has been around since the 1970s and has played with everyone from saxophonists David Murray and David S. Ware (on his 1977 debut, ...Is Eternal Life) to Thurston Moore and Lee Ranaldo of Sonic Youth (on multiple albums) to Donald Miller and Brian Doherty of Borbetomagus (on 1994's Radiation). His duo album with saxophonist Liudas Mockunas, Live at Vilnius Jazz Festival, was one of Burning Ambulance's best jazz releases of 2014.

On Remembering, he's heard in a trio with guitarist Ava Mendoza and bassist Damon Smith. The 35-minute performance was recorded live at NYU on March 13, 2017. Many improvising musicians would likely have released the performance as a single solid slab, ensuring that no one ever played it twice. But Hooker and the label, Astral Spirits, understand that even abstract music should make a few concessions to the listener, and the album has been split into seven tracks, ranging in length from 2:36 to 7:02. They fade out and back in again, reinforcing continuity while allowing individual moments to flourish in the spotlight.

Mendoza's guitar work is astonishing. Her ability to bear down on tightly compressed figures, obsessively working over variations on a phrase, is reminiscent of the work of Mick Barr (Orthrelm, Octis, Krallice), and just as breathtaking. She's a perfect partner for Hooker, whose drumming has often been thunderous, but who's just as capable of restraint and great beauty. Even in the quieter moments here, they generate tremendous power together. On "The Magistrate," things start off slow, with the drummer building a foundation out of ominous toms, kick and cymbals as Mendoza emits a slowly rising whistle, eventually bending notes like Sonny Sharrock. When the moment comes, the two are at each other like MMA fighters, Hooker laying down a rhythmic bed like molten rocks tumbling out of a volcano as the guitarist unleashes a wild post-blues blast wave.

Remembering is an excellent album that creates its own zone somewhere between hard rock and free jazz. Fans of high-energy music of any stripe will likely find something here that clicks with them."-Phil Freeman


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Artist Biographies:

"William Hooker is an American jazz drummer and composer.

Hooker has performed as a leader of many ensembles of improvised and new music. "Recognized as an iconoclast, and one of the most innovative musicians and drummers of his generation, William knows no genre bounds and ceaselessly searches for new forms of music, always with the intent to inspire."

Accompanying musicians have included: Billy Bang, Thurston Moore, David Murray, David S. Ware, William Parker, Melvin Gibbs, Donald Miller, DJ Olive, Elliott Sharp, Malachi Thompson, Zeena Parkins, Lee Ranaldo, DJ Spooky, Rob Brown, Roy Campbell, Mark Hennen, Steven Bernstein, Roy Nathanson, Jason Hwang, Dave Soldier, Sabir Mateen, Glenn Spearman, Joseph Celli, Ellen Christi, Liudas Mockūnas, and many others."

-William Hooker Website (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/William_Hooker_(musician))
6/6/2018

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"Damon Smith studied double bass with Lisle Ellis and has had lessons with Bertram Turezky, Joëlle Leandré, John Lindberg, Mark Dresser and others. Damon's explorations into the sonic palette of the double bass have resulted in a personal, flexible improvisational language based in the American jazz avant-garde movement and European non-idiomatic free improvisation. Visual art, film and dance heavily influence his music, as evidenced by his CAMH performance of Ben Patterson's Variations for Double Bass, collaborations with director Werner Herzog on soundtracks for Grizzly Man and Encounters at the End of the World, and an early performance with the Merce Cunningham Dance Company.

Damon has collaborated with a wide range of musicians, including: Cecil Taylor, Marshall Allen (of Sun Ra's Arkestra), Henry Kaiser, Roscoe Mitchell, Michael Pisaro, Wadada Leo Smith, Marco Eneidi, Wolfgang Fuchs, Peter Brötzmann and Peter Kowald. After many years in the San Francisco Bay Area, and five great years in Houston, Texas working regularly with Alvin Fielder, Sandy Ewen, David Dove & Chris Cogburn, Damon will move to the Boston area in the fall of 2016. Damon has run Balance Point Acoustics record label since 2001, releasing music focusing on transatlantic collaborations between US and European musicians."

-Balance Point Acoustic Website (https://www.balancepointacoustics.com/damon-smith/)
6/6/2018

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"My name is Ava Mendoza. I play guitars and stompboxes and write music. Currently I'm based out of Brooklyn, NY. I have played guitar for most of my life and been active for the last decade playing my own music and in many different groups. In any context I try to bring expressivity, energy and a wide sonic range to the music I play. I've toured throughout the U.S. and Europe and recorded or performed with a broad spectrum of musicians including singer Carla Bozulich (The Geraldine Fibbers, Evangelista), Fred Frith (Massacre, Henry Cow, Art Bears), Nels Cline, Jamaaladeen Tacuma, Weasel Walter, Tune-Yards, and more. I've played on recordings released by labels Weird Forest, Tzadik, Clean Feed, NotTwo, ugEXPLODE, Resipiscent, New Atlantis, and others.

Friendly critics have called me "Oakland's avant-jazz virtuoso" (Brad Cohan, Village Voice), "a versatile and virtuosic guitarist" (The San Francisco Film Society), "a wizard on a semi-circle of effects pedals, but… equally adept with FX-less technique," (Lars Gotrich, A Blog Supreme/NPR Jazz). I was recently named one of Guitar World‘s “10 Female Guitarists You Should Know”.

My main project these days is UNNATURAL WAYS .

PERFORMED/RECORDED WITH:

Scott Amendola (Nels Cline Singers, Charlie Hunter Quartet), Liz Allbee, Vijay Anderson, Bran(...)pos, Carla Bozulich (The Geraldine Fibbers, Evangelista), Sheldon Brown, Tony Buck (The Necks), members of Caroliner, Nels Cline (Wilco), George Cremaschi, Tim Dahl (Child Abuse, Lydia Lunch), J.A. Deane, Marco Di Gasbarro (Squartet), John Dikeman (Cactus Truck), Thomas Dimuzio, Shayna Dunkleman, Marco Eneidi, Luc Ex, Ben Goldberg, Fred Frith (Henry Cow, Art Bears, Massacre), Vinny Golia, Phillip Greenlief, Franz Hautzinger, Jacob Felix Heule, Devin Hoff (Good for Cows), Gerri Jager (Knaalpot), Darren Johnston, Henry Kaiser (Crazy Backwards Alphabet), Annette Krebs, Thollem McDonas, Lisa Mezzacappa, Butch Morris, Matt Nelson, Hexlove aka Zac Nelson, Kanoko Nishi, Nick Podgurski (Extra Life), Porest aka Mark Gergis, Gino Robair, Aram Shelton, John Shiurba, SF Sound, Damon Smith, Moe! Staiano, Jamaaladeen Tacuma, Raphael Vanoli (Knaalpot), Weasel Walter (The Flying Luttenbachers), Mike Watt (Minutemen, fIREHOSE), Wobbly (Negativland), Tune-yards, William Winant (Mr. Bungle), Kenny Wollesen (Sex Mob), Theater of Yugen, dancers Leyya Mona Tawil, Yuko Kaseki, and Manuela Tessi."

-Ava Mendoza Website (http://avamendozamusic.com/bio.html)
6/6/2018

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Leap Of Faith
Domains
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Kamins / Smith / Fielder / Hertenstein
After Effects
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Fielder / Dove / Jackson / Smith
From-To-From
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Fielder, Alvin / Frode Gjerstad / Damon Smith
The Shape Finds Its Own Space
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Hartshaw / Aspelin / Smith / Bryerton
Ausfegen (Dedicated To Joseph Beuys)
(Balance Point Acoustics)
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Desert Sweets: Vinkeloe, Biggi / Mark Weaver / Damon Smith
A Place Meant For Birds
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Kaiser, Henry / Damon Smith / Weasel Walter
Plane Crash Two
(New Atlantis)
Ewen, Sandy / Damon Smith
Valle de Mexico
(Confront)
Eneidi, Marco / Damon Smith / Peter Kowald
Ghetto Calypso
(Not Two Records)
Ewen, Sandy / Damon Smith
Background Information
(Balance Point Acoustics)
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(Balance Point Acoustics)
Mayas, Magda / Damon Smith / Tony Buck
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(Nuscope)
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(NoBusiness)
Blonk, Jaap / Sandy Ewen / Damon Smith / Chris Cogburn
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Gratkowski, Frank / Damon Smith / Jerome Bryerton
The Voice Imitator
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Fielder / Dove / Jackson / Smith
From-To-From
(Balance Point Acoustics)
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Elegans
(Nuscope)
Hooker Quintet, William featuring Adam Lane
Channels of Consciousness
(NoBusiness)
Various Artists
I Never Meta Guitar Too
(Clean Feed)
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Zero Plus
(Balance Point Acoustics)
Ulher / Shibolet / Snir / Brenner / Mayer / Smith / Bymel
yclept
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Lindsay / Mendoza / Smith / Walter
Jus
(Balance Point Acoustics)
Genetti / Smith / Lonberg-Holm
Sense of Hearing
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Fuchs / Lindsay / Smith / Baghdassarians / Baltschun
The Happymakers
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Hartshaw / Aspelin / Smith / Bryerton
Ausfegen (Dedicated To Joseph Beuys)
(Balance Point Acoustics)
Hooker, William
Earth's Orbit [VINYL 2 LPs]
(NoBusiness)
Shibolet, Ariel and Between the Strings Trio
Live at the Tel Aviv Museum
(Kadima)
Hooker, William / Sabir Mateen
Dharma
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Hooker, William / Billy Bang Duo
Joy (within)!
(Silkheart)
Ranaldo, Lee / William Hooker / Jim O'Rourke / Gianni Gebbia
Clouds: Victoriaville Concert May 1997
(Les Disques Victo)
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Ausfegen (Dedicated To Joseph Beuys)
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Desert Sweets: Vinkeloe, Biggi / Mark Weaver / Damon Smith
A Place Meant For Birds
(Balance Point Acoustics)
Kaiser, Henry / Damon Smith / Weasel Walter
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Valle de Mexico
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North of Blanco
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Fielder / Dove / Jackson / Smith
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I Never Meta Guitar Too
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Josephson / Wachsmann / Lindsay / Smith / Blume
Zero Plus
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Ulher / Shibolet / Snir / Brenner / Mayer / Smith / Bymel
yclept
(Balance Point Acoustics)
Lindsay / Mendoza / Smith / Walter
Jus
(Balance Point Acoustics)
Hartshaw / Aspelin / Smith / Bryerton
Ausfegen (Dedicated To Joseph Beuys)
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Hooker, William
Earth's Orbit [VINYL 2 LPs]
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Shibolet, Ariel and Between the Strings Trio
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