The Cookers – Warriors

October 26, 2010 / No Comments / Tags: Billy Harper, Billy Hart, Cecil McBee, Craig Handy, David Weiss, Eddie Henderson

(JLP Records)

For this recording, David Weiss assembled a group of veteran sidemen who have played with every major name in jazz over the past 45 years. The group known as The Cookers is comprised of drummer Billy Hart, bassist Cecil McBee, alto saxophonist Craig Handy, tenor saxophonist Billy Harper, with Eddie Henderson and Weiss on trumpet. Together, they’re a powerhouse unit taking on a range of mostly original tunes composed by McBee, Harper and Cables. They also include a Freddie Hubbard tune. As one might expect from musicians of this calibur, the interplay is  impeccable and makes for a thoroughly captivating listen. 

Click here to listen to a clip of “U Phoria”.

Tracks: The Core, Spookarella, Close To You Alone,  Close To You Alone, Priestess, Sweet Rita Suite, Part 2: Her Soul, Capra Black, LadyBugg, U Phoria.