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The Cookers

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Saw The Cookers for the 2nd or 3rd time at Yoshi's Oakland last night Thurs 2-20-2020, have all their cd's.  As much as I like these guys, they're starting to look and sound a little tired, worn, weathered but still doing serious touring. Soon will be in the Netherlands.  We all know what Kenny Rogers said, might be time for these guys to "fold em"

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I've seen the group 4 times, the most recent being last year, and they've lived up to their name every time.  Heck, the last time I saw them, Billy Harper opened up with a twenty-minute solo and burned the place down.  I'd gladly pay to see any of the members individually or together.

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I think I’ve seen the group 3x since I moved to DC almost 9 years ago, and always pretty uniformly excellent each time. Billy in particular has always seemed as good as ever, along with one other time I also saw Billy (sans Cookers) here within the last year, and he played as well as any tenor player I’ve ever heard, two long sets.

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I'm planning on seeing the Cookers for the second time on May 2. Billy Harper has never disappointed so far.

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Can only comment on Billy Harper...saw him live a couple of years ago. Couldn't believe that Billy was around 75 years old - he looked younger and in better shape than I did at 60 (and I stay in decent physical condition).

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Anybody can have an off night (if that's what it was). When in doubt ... just watch Billy Hart. He NEVER disappoints! :g

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Will see them in Rotterdam coming March. Can’t wait to see these living legends playing together. Harper is among my very favorite artists, along with Mal and Coltrane.

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Billy Harper is fantastic. I´ll never forget the first time I saw him in 1978 with the Max Roach Quartet, and "Peaceful Heart", his great tune. 

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7 hours ago, BFrank said:

When in doubt ... just watch Billy Hart. He NEVER disappoints! :g

Billy Hart is a force of nature.

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I’m in!

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27 minutes ago, Pim said:

I’m in!

Me too! I assume The Bastards will carry this (on CD), like they did Tolliver’s recent leader-date — so I’ll probably try and get it that way.

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The Gearbox LP pressings are very good so I will be in for this. Usually not extortionate either (at least from here).

They have been on form of late, with their recent 1963 Roland Kirk Ronnie Scott’s issue.

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1 hour ago, Rooster_Ties said:

Me too! I assume The Bastards will carry this (on CD), like they did Tolliver’s recent leader-date — so I’ll probably try and get it that way.

yeah, Dusty usually carries Gearbox LPs. They aren't hard to get in the US. Looking forward to hearing this.

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I'm in for the CD.

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34 minutes ago, kh1958 said:

Unless Gearbox is including a download card in the LP edition, it's a smart move to buy the LP from Amazon. When you buy from Amazon, they usually offer a digital download of the LP via their AutoRip feature.

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Preordered that CD 

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On 7/29/2021 at 5:03 PM, JSngry said:

Preordered that CD 

As did I.

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At the first set for the Cookers. They are playing at the Blue Note today. 

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11 minutes ago, Hardbopjazz said:

At the first set for the Cookers. They are playing at the Blue Note today. 

Color me jealous!

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I pre-ordered the LP from Amazon. I'm looking forward to it.

I do hope Amazon offers AutoRip on this so I don't have to buy the CD version later.

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Stoked for the Cookers LP. Gearbox seems like a great outfit. Loved the Mønk archival release they did a couple years back, and this Cookers session looks first-class all the way. 

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Tuesday night.

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I also pre-ordered the new CD. 

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