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Hooker, William – “Heart of The Sun” – [Engine]


Trio under direction of thunderous rumble drummer William Hooker with David Soldier on violin, banjo and guitar and Roy Campbell on trumpet, pocket trumpet and flute. The instrumental interplay presents a classical/folky sort of aesthetic that hearkens to Ayleresque sort of traditions, with simple motifs of warm melodies played with a fiery spiritual fervor. Cerebral but not challenging, not shrieky sort of jazz but a more primordial, universal human feel to it. The cultural flavors range from Mesopotamia to Iberia, with a time-span about the same. Soldier really drives the spice with the different instrumentation, injecting Spanish influence on 5 with the fluttery flamenco guitar that draws out Campbell’s matador trumpet flair, or on 3 really driving that old-timey feel with banjo while still sitting comfortably in a jazz setting. Hooker’s tumult of ancient tribal drumming fills every ounce of space with rolls and rolls of tom thunder, maintaining a visceral raw energy while never blasting away. This definitely strays far beyond the conventions of most modern jazz, straight or not, and because of this, not despite, I think it could be accessible to all listeners, jazz or not.

  • Reviewed by abacus on April 9, 2014 at 9:57 pm
  • Filed as CD,Jazz
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