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NY drummer William Hooker performing with Darius Jones and Adam Lane at The Stone in NYC, and with Aaron Bennett, Weasel Walter and Damon Smith at The Hemlock Tavern in San Francisco.

Hooker, William
Earth's Orbit [VINYL 2 LPs]

Hooker, William: Earth's Orbit [VINYL 2 LPs] (NoBusiness)
Label: NoBusiness    
Released in: Lithuania    

"William Hooker is an artistic whole, a vast circle of vision and execution. A body of uninterrupted work beginning in the mid-seventies defines him as one of the most important composers and players in jazz. As bandleader, Hooker has fielded ensembles in an incredibly diverse array of configurations. Each collaboration has brought a serious investigation of his compositional agenda and the science of the modern drum kit.In this limited edition double vinyl he is joined by two groups of great contemporary jazz musicians in two sessions, which are entitled Bliss(east) and Bliss(west), marking their performances on East and West Coasts in 2007 and 2009."-NoBusiness

"This double vinyl LP by William Hooker is one worth having, if alone for the first record, called "Bliss (East)". It is recorded live at The Stone in New York in 2007, with Darius Jones on sax and Adam Lane on bass. From start to finish it represents everything you expect from stellar free jazz: it is powerful, energetic, unrelenting, raw, creative, expressive, soulful, with all three musicians giving their absolute deepest self in their playing. Darius Jones is magnificent, but so are Hooker and Lane. Yet it is not all raw power. Hooker's drum solo is introvert as compared to the first side of the record, and the last piece starts with a great bass intro, mid-tempo with sax and drums joining full of subtlety and sensitivity, with evolving levels of intensity, ending in absolute gut-wrenching drama, followed by a few subtle sobs.

The second record of the album, "Bliss (West)", was recorded in 2009 at The Hemlock Tavern in San Francisco, with Aaron Bennett on tenor, Weasel Walter on guitar and Damon Smith on bass, and of course Hooker on drums. The approach is quite different, with a more rock attitude, full of anger and violence, yet it is working on a different plane: the approach is more direct, simpler in a way, less impactful and less convincing in my opinion. There is more attitude than musical power. It is odd in a way. It has its great moments. A trio without the guitar may have sounded different, and may have provided better continuity with the first record.

As it stands now, you get to see two of the many faces of William Hooker. But the first record is absolutely stunning. I wish the concert could have been spread over the entire album."-Stef, FreeJazzStef

Hand numbered limited edition of 500 copies.

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Product Information:

Hand numbered limited edition of 500 copies.

UPC: 4771906003896

Label: NoBusiness
Catalog ID: NBLP10
Squidco Product Code: 13465

Format: LP
Condition: New
Released: 2010
Country: Lithuania
Packaging: Vinyl LP in a Gatefold Sleeve
Bliss(east) recorded March, 25 2007 at The Stone, New York City by Robert O’Haire. Bliss(west) recorded July 20, 2009 at The Hemlock Tavern, San Francisco, California by W.Walter.


Bliss(east) session:

William Hooker-drums

Darius Jones-alto sax

Adam Lane-bass

Bliss(west) session:

William Hooker-drums

Aaron Bennett-tenor sax

Weasel Walter-guitar

Damon Smith-bass

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Track Listing:


Side A:

1. Chronofiles

2. Tensegrity

3. Tetrahedron

Side B:

4. Streamlined Unit

5. 4d To Dymaxion


Side C:

6. Tensegrity(4d) Part 1

Side D:

7. Tensegrity(4d) Part 2