by The Cookers



The Cookers' third CD is a bit more diverse than their earlier efforts, though still featuring the same septet (tenor saxophonist Billy Harper, trumpeters Eddie Henderson and David Weiss, alto saxophonist Craig Handy, pianist George Cables, bassist Cecil McBee, and drummer Billy Hart). Harper's staccato "Believe, For It Is True" is an unusual opener, never letting up on the tension, with the focus on intense solos by the composer and Weiss, along with intricate, demanding ensembles. The Cables-penned "Ebony Moonbeams" has an infectious Latin undercurrent, showcasing Henderson's expressive, vocal-like horn, along with strong solos by Handy and the pianist. The sole tune not written by a member of the ensemble is an explosive rendition of Wayne Shorter's hard bop classic "Free for All," an extended workout that captures the energy of the '60s but with a modern touch. McBee's abstract "Tight Squeeze" has an eerie air, with abstract solos, while Hart's upbeat post-bop vehicle "Naaj" wraps the sessions up with a flourish.

Product Details

Release Date: 06/12/2012
Label: Motema Music
UPC: 0181212000924
catalogNumber: 92

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Cookers   Primary Artist
George Cables   Piano,Soloist,Group Member
Billy Harper   Tenor Saxophone,Soloist,Group Member
Billy Hart   Drums,Soloist,Group Member
Cecil McBee   Bass,Group Member
Eddie Henderson   Trumpet,Soloist,Group Member
Craig Handy   Alto Saxophone,Soloist,Group Member
David Weiss   Trumpet,Soloist,Group Member

Technical Credits

George Cables   Composer
Billy Harper   Composer
Billy Hart   Composer
Cecil McBee   Composer
Wayne Shorter   Composer
Joe Marciano   Engineer
David Weiss   Arranger,Producer
Rebecca Meek   Graphic Design
Jana Herzen   Executive Producer
Jon Poses   Liner Notes

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