The Cookers – The Call of the Wild and Peaceful Heart CD


1. The Call of the Wild and Peaceful Heart 11:10
2. Beyond Forever 06:06
3. Third Phase 08:23
4. Teule’s Redemption 11:30
5. If One Could Only See 10:02
6. Blackfoot 05:40
7. Ocean of Time 08:33
8. Thy Will Be Done

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8-panel Digipak Album

“Hard bop is proving to be the most durable of all jazz styles. Succeeding generations come up with new twists, but the Cookers are a band of seven true veterans who manage to sound fresher and tougher than any of them.”
— Dave Gelly, The Guardian

“It’s hard-bop heaven but, happily, still with us here on Earth.”
— Chris Pearson, The Times (UK)

“Always swinging, sometimes bluesy, frequently fierce, all artfully arranged.”
— Phillip Booth, JazzTimes

“The concept of a ‘super-group’ in this day and age might be overplayed so let us just say that the fifth CD by The Cookers, THE CALL OF THE WILD AND PEACEFUL HEART (Smoke Sessions Records) by The Cookers is one of the top jazz CDs of 2016. How could it not be with this lineup?”
— Mike Greenblatt, Classicalite


The Cookers, the veteran jazz supergroup that the New York Times calls “a dream team of forward-leaning hard-bop,” returns with its fifth and most exhilarating album to date, THE CALL OF THE WILD AND PEACEFUL HEART. After nine years together, The Cookers have evolved from a summit of swinging road warriors to become simply one of the most burning and hardest-hitting bands on the scene.

THE CALL OF THE WILD AND PEACEFUL HEART marks The Cookers’ debut on Smoke Sessions Records and is the follow up to their critically acclaimed release TIME AND TIME AGAIN, which was the iTunes’ Jazz Album of the Year in 2014. Once again, the core of the band consists of five legendary, long-undersung musicians whose credentials read like a who’s-who of classic-era jazz: tenor saxophonist Billy Harper was a member of groups led by Lee Morgan and Max Roach and served a two-year stint with Art Blakey’s Jazz Messengers; trumpeter Eddie Henderson and drummer Billy Hart were both part of Herbie Hancock’s electrifying Mwandishi ensemble; pianist George Cables played alongside Dexter Gordon and Art Pepper; and bassist Cecil McBee anchored Charles Lloyd’s famed 1960s quartet with Keith Jarrett and Jack DeJohnette. They’re joined by torchbearers Weiss and, in his second outing with the band, alto saxophonist Donald Harrison.

As always, the album’s repertoire is plumbed from the members’ vast discographies, a bevy of riches that Weiss says continues to yield surprises. “These guys should all be considered giants on their own,” Weiss insists. “The idea of The Cookers is to bring them to greater prominence, and a big part of that is this incredible legacy of compositions. I think this is our strongest record and top to bottom the strongest collection of tunes that we’ve done.”
released September 9, 2016

Eddie Henderson – trumpet
David Weiss – trumpet
Donald Harrison – alto saxophone
Billy Harper – tenor saxophone
George Cables – piano
Cecil McBee – bass
Billy Hart – drums

Recorded Live April 11 & 12, 2016
at Sear Sound, Studio C, New York City

Produced by Paul Stache
Associate Producer: Damon Smith
Recorded by Chris Allen
Studio Assistants: Jeff Citron & Richie Kennon
Mixed by Paul Stache & Ted Tuthill
Mastered by Randy Merrill
Photography by John Abbott
Inside photography by Adriana Mateo
Liner Notes by Hank Shteamer
Design by Damon Smith & Paul Stache

George Cables appears courtesy of High Note Records

Executive Producers: Frank Christopher & Paul Stache

Weight 0.33 lbs