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Album Review

Hooker, William – “Distance Between Us, the ” – [Knitting Factory Records]

Thurston Hunger   9/4/2005   A Library, CD

An exercise in parallel construction, or a
reverse hurricane…the center of this album
is anything but calm. Track four is nearly
19 minutes of swirling frenzy: dizzy horn
harmonies at first dissolve into a pretty
dense free soup of solos, piano gusts and
Wiiliam’s kinetic aesthetics. A definite
E-ticket ride, moving out from there track
5 swings more, a piano pouncing romp. Still
pretty wild. Rock-or-rollers note #3 and #6
dueling versions of Patti Smith run through
a Sonic Youth accelerator and rebuilt here.
I prefer the latter, but look out for many
a false end there. Track 2 is a rhapsodic,
piano + drums spritzer. The book-end pieces
are William solo, the first a hum-and-drum
mantra; on the closer he let’s the drums
speak for themselves.

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