WILLIAM HOOKER

Complexity #2

(KOS) Used CD $6.00

Recorded live at the Knitting Factory in 2000 with Doug Walker on synthesizer, turntablist DJ Olive, and Eyvind Kang on electric violin. The forty-one-minute “Twelve Windows” meanders into focus from the ambiguous, primordial ooze from which all life sprang, and is greeted by Hooker’s intermittent percussion, staticky bleeps and bloops (mmmm, staticky bleeps and bloops), evolving through episodic miasma and other high-pressure natural selections, eventually erupting into an immensity powered by the passion and glory of Kang’s violin. A well-sculpted journey from this daredevil quartet.

WILLIAM HOOKER / LEE RANALDO

Envisioning

(Knitting Factory Works) Used CD $5.00 (Out-of-stock)

Wailing, high-volume, ecstatic-noise excursions from 1995. Hooker’s free-jazz drumming propels Ranaldo fluxuating guitar odysseys into the deep subconscious.

WILLIAM HOOKER

Radiation

(Homestead) Used CD $4.00

With Brian Doherty on electronics, Borbetomagus guitarist Donald Miller, Charles Compo on reeds, and trombonist Masahiko Kono. Recorded at The Knitting Factory, 1992 and Virginia Tech 1994.

WILLIAM HOOKER

Shamballa

(Knitting Factory Works) Used CD $5.00

Duets with Thurston Moore and Elliot Sharp from 1993. A mind-numbing explosion of mathematical chaos and mutant free jazz.

WILLIAM HOOKER / ZEENA PARKINS / LEE RANALDO

The Gift Of Tongues

(Knitting Factory Works) Used CD $7.50 (Out-of-stock)

Noise oriented free improv recorded live in the mid-’90s. Hooker’s time-giving percussion bounces around the edges of barrage, Parkins’s electrified harp induces personality trauma, while Ranaldo goes deep hypnosis with screeching guitar.