18 June 1946, New Britain, Connecticut, USA. Hooker began playing drums before entering his teenage years, playing in rock bands while still in school, which was also when he started to take an interest in jazz. After graduating from Central Connecticut College, he relocated to the west coast where he developed his jazz interests, now in free form. Back on the east coast in the mid-70s, Hooker played drums in avant garde jazz and alternative rock settings, working with most of the leading lights of the New York improvised music scene. Deeply involved in these genres for many years, Hooker long ago proved himself to be a powerful and inspired collaborator and soloist. Among the pioneers of drumming styles that go far beyond the time keeping and accompanying role usual for many years in jazz, he invokes tidal waves of sound to dominate and sometimes overwhelm all but the most strong-minded musicians. The result has been numerous dramatic, imaginative and adventurous...