by The Cookers


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The Cookers is an all-star ensemble made up primarily of veteran bandleaders and star soloists, including tenor saxophonist Billy Harper, trumpeters Eddie Henderson and David Weiss, alto saxophonist Craig Handy, pianist George Cables, bassist Cecil McBee, and drummer Billy Hart. The fireworks begin with their sizzling treatment of the late Freddie Hubbard's "The Core," though it is a shame that the liner notes don't specify the order of the trumpet solos. The veterans in the group contributed the remaining songs. Cables' off-center, loping "Spookarella" has a Monk-like humor and playful flute solo by Handy, while the pianist's pretty ballad "Sweet Rita Suite, Pt. 2: Her Soul" is a complex work that the band interprets with finesse, with Handy again a major voice on flute, and lush ensembles by the brass and tenor. Harper penned the funky, insistent "Priestess." His passionate "Carpa Black" is often dissonant, highlighted by his burning tenor sax. McBee's lush ballad "Close to You Alone" (showcasing Handy's heartfelt alto solo) and delicious hard bop vehicle "U Phoria" also merit strong praise. The solos and ensembles are enjoyable throughout this session, while the musicians obviously had a great time and are likely eager to schedule a follow-up meeting for Jazz Legacy.

Product Details

Release Date: 08/10/2010
Label: Jazz Legacy Prod
UPC: 0764942217222
catalogNumber: 1001009
Rank: 117102

Album Credits

Performance Credits

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

Technical Credits

George Cables   Composer
Billy Harper   Arranger,Composer
Cecil McBee   Composer
Freddie Hubbard   Composer
David Weiss   Arranger,Liner Notes
John Lee   Producer,Engineer,Cover Design
Lisa Broderick   Executive Producer
Tanya Serrano   Graphic Design
Lore Dori   Artwork

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