William Hooker: Cycle of Restoration (FPE, 2019)

March 24, 2019 at 12:52 pm | Posted in Reviews | Leave a comment

William Hooker: Cycle of Restoration

Recorded last year at Trinosophes in Detroit, legendary drummer William Hooker was joined by U of M professor Mark Kirschenmann and bassist Joel Peterson on this hour-long improvisation. The CD is divided into 8 tracks, but this is really one continuous, immersive experience. For much of the piece, the drums don’t seem to be the focal point; the cymbals shimmer and the bass drum is kicked at sporadic moments, but the warped, mutated sounds of Kirschenmann’s trumpet are what seem to take center stage in the beginning. It’s only around the middle of the fourth track (“Magnets”) that a storm begins to brew up. By the first parts of “Panchromatics”, a sweeping rhythm has taken control and Hooker is audibly heart shouting and gasping. Kirschenmann’s horn seems to drift between metallic guitar-like riffs, rough textural drones, and full-throttle blazing. By its conclusion, the album is chaotic, righteous, transcendent.

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