Live at Vilnius Jazz Festival

Featuring: Liudas Mockūnas | William Hooker

Musicians on the recording

Liudas Mockūnas – soprano, alto and tenor saxophones
William Hooker - drums

Recording track list

1. ID 17:27
2. IDEA 13:13
3. IDEAL 15:28
4. IDOL 7:14
NoBusiness Records NBCD 68
Release year - 2014

Credits and release info

  • All Compositions by William Hooker (MUSIC BMI) and Liudas Mockūnas (KODA)
  • Recorded live at Vilnius Jazz Festival, on 11th October 2013 by Arūnas Zujus
  • Mixed by Arūnas Zujus and Liudas Mockūnas at MAMA studios, mastered by Arūnas Zujus
  • Photos by Vytautas Suslavičius
  • Design by Neringa Žukauskaitė
  • Produced by Liudas Mockūnas and Danas Mikailionis
  • Co-producer - Valerij Anosov

Reviews and articles

Massimo Ricci - Touching Extremes

Thanks to this set – released in 2014 but only today played for the first time – I was introduced to Mockūnas, a foreign name to these ears until now. Make no mistake, he’s a brilliant reedist. Gifted with a rotund tone that betrays inventive fervor and sensible microtonal abilities, the Lithuanian approaches the not-so-easy task of a duet with drums with a mix of consideration and incorruptibility, raising the intensity level when the emotions fire on all cylinders and quietening things down where needed. In Hooker’s method we find the symbolism of a ritual and the serenity of wisdom; the man seems to know exactly where every cymbal whisper, tom roll or awkward pattern must be placed, to the point of making us wonder if some of his parts were scored. The recording quality lets us appreciate the intrinsic vibration of the drum skins, from which Hooker extrapolates vital correspondences with the saxophonist’s propositions. The earthly manifestations of a good acoustic chemistry materialize in front of a listener since the very beginning. Rewarding music by two deeply connected human beings.

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