Thursday, May 25, 2017

William Hooker - ... Is Eternal Life (1977)


A hella-OOP double album of avant-garde free jazz by American drummer William Hooker. Hooker throws down quite the gauntlet right off the bat, with an eighteen minute-long opening monolith consisting entirely of his voice and drumming, as he travels back-and-forth with ease from extreme sparsity to utterly unhinged chaos. Throughout the rest of the album, he's joined by other musicians who help him to flesh out the full-tilt insanity.

Track listing:
1. Drum Form
2. Soy: Material / Seven
3. Passages (Anthill)
4. Pieces I & II
5. Above and Beyond

The spirits return

If you like this, check out:
The Art Ensemble of Chicago -
Fanfare for the Warriors (1974)
Sam Rivers -
Crystals (1974)

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