Last night at the nonprofit Loft Society, serious music happened, courtesy of William Hooker (drums) and Ed Ricart (guitar). After the second set ended someone said to Hooker en route to another room, “Play one more?”
“Are you kidding?” he laughed and said. “Do you want me to have a heart attack?”
Those words will make sense to you if you watch the video I shot last night of a few minutes of the improvisation between two musicians who were far apart in age but close together in purpose. William Hooker is an extremely physical player who digs deep tones out of the drums. At one point the proprietor of the Loft tried to hand a towel to the percussionist in true James Brown fashion but was refused at first, for the song was not yet over.
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