JazzTimes' The Top 40 Jazz Albums of 2021 - Rated 27/40!
TAS Rated 4/5 Music, 5/5 Sonics in the January 2022 Issue of The Absolute Sound!
In jazz's heyday era of the heady 60s and early 70s, these cats were behind some of the greatest releases of the genre, from Pharaoh Sanders' Karma to Charles Lloyd's Forest Flower. Collectively they've performed and recorded with the likes of Art Blakey, Herbie Hancock, and McCoy Tyner, Together they carry forth this legacy as The Cookers, one of the 21st century's foremost supergroups.
Look Out! is their first album in 5 years and the first to be recorded at Van Gelder's historic Englewood Cliffs studio. Featuring all original compositions, the music embodies the name of this illustrious ensemble - hot, hard-hitting soul jazz, full of momentum and fire.
Individually, they've been at the core of the post-bop jazz scene for decades. As a group, they've been thrilling audiences around the world for the past 5 years.
A dream team of forward-leaning hard-bop
The two-trumpet front line gives the group a unique sound, but a comparison to the classic Art Blakey sextets that featured trumpet, trombone, and tenor would not be amiss. Look Out!, the band's first album in five years, shows that the soloists are still hitting on all cylinders and the rhythm section is pushing as hard as ever. The original arranging and writing is also superb, and Cables' contributions, especially 'The Mystery of Monifa Brown,' merit special mention. The Cookers deserve the label 'supergroup' not just because the roster is stacked with all-stars but because they play together so well. Look Out! was recorded at the legendary Rudy Van Gelder Studio and Gearbox's pressings are, as always, superb.
- Double LP
- 3 sides of music
- Band member's autographs etched on 4th side
- Mastered by Caspar Sutton-Jones & Darrel Sheinman at Gearbox Records
- Mastered using all-valve Decca equalization & Telefunken limiters
- Lacquer discs cut on a Haeco Scully lathe with Westrex RA1700 series amps, Westrex 3DIIA cutting head
- Monitored on Audio Note equipment
- Gatefold jacket
|Billy Harper||tenor sax|
|Donald Harrison||alto sax|
- The Mystery Of Monifa Brown
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- AKA Reggie
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