The Cookers to Release New Album “The Call of the Wild and Peaceful Heart” on Sept. 9th, 2016 | Announces New Tour

The Cookers - The Call of the Wild and Peaceful Heart

Hard-Bop Jazz Masters The Cookers Make
Smoke Sessions Records Debut with
The Call of the Wild and Peaceful Heart –
Available September 9

Album Release Performances
September 13 – 17 at Birdland

The Cookers 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.

“At this point, we’ve gelled as a band with an original voice, so the goal is just to be that much stronger each time out,” says David Weiss, the next-generation trumpeter that assembled this gathering of elders. “The band itself should be the story at this point, I hope, but I think this album shows off a much stronger spiritual side of the group then previous efforts. I don’t know if that’s what happens when such great musicians who share this common bond spend so much time together, or maybe it’s just that some of the material we chose for this album conveys this spirit so well, but it’s certainly there and is quite powerful.”

The Call of the Wild and Peaceful Heart, due out September 9, 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.


The unique septet, Harper says, “lends itself to a wider range of colors. It’s like having the palette of a big band that drives and cooks like a small group.”

As always, the album’s repertoire is plumbed from the members’ vast discographies, a bevy of riches that Weiss says continues to yield surprises. After exhausting what he calls “David’s fantasy list” of the group’s compositions on The Cookers’ first two albums, he’s consistently discovered new favorites, embellished by the band’s growing camaraderie. “I always think, ‘How did I miss this last time?’ But as the band grows and I realize more and more what they’re capable of, certain tunes speak to me differently the next time through. I think this is our strongest record and top to bottom the strongest collection of tunes that we’ve done.”

“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.”

The Cookers is unique in the modern jazz landscape, a band that benefits from more than four decades of rapport and shared experiences, as well as first-hand knowledge of the seismic shifts in the music that younger musicians only know through records and stories. “They all come out of basically the same era,” Weiss says. “They all saw the same things, they were all blown away by seeing John Coltrane in 1965 – they were all part of something bigger than us. They were right there when some groundbreaking stuff happened, and they still approach the music that way.”

The Call of the Wild and Peaceful Heart” was recorded live in New York at
Sear Sound’s Studio C on a Sear-Avalon custom console at 96KHz/24bit
and mixed to ½” analog tape using a Studer mastering deck.
Available in audiophile HD format.

The Cookers’ Upcoming Performances
September 13-17 | Birdland | New York, NY
October 15 | Angrajazz | Terceira Island, Portugal
October 18 | Night Town | Cleveland, OH
October 19 | Jazz Kitchen | Indianapolis, IN
October 20 | Constellation | Chicago, IL
October 21 | Musical Instrument Museum | Phoenix, AR
October 22 | Yoshi’s | Oakland, CA
October 23 | (venue tbd) | Los Angeles, CA
October 24 | Kuumbwa | Santa Cruz, CA
October 25-26 | Jazz Alley | Seattle, WA
November 5 | Bologna Jazz Festival | Bologna, Italy
November 7 | Music Academy Chamber | Zagreb,Croatia
November 8 | Reigen | Vienna, Austria
November 11 | Szeged Jazz Days | Szegedy, Hungary
November 12 | Moncalieri Jazz Festival | Moncalieri, Italy
November 13 | The Sage | Gateshead, United Kingdom
November 15 | Band on the Wall | Manchester, United Kingdom
November 16 | Turner Sims | Southhampton, United Kingdom
November 17 | London Jazz Festival | London, United Kingdom
November 18 | Club Bahnhof Ehrenfeld | Cologne, Germany
November 23 | La Usina del art | Buenos Aires, Argentina
November 25 | Teatro Municipal Bahia | Blanca, Argentina

The Cookers · The Call of the Wild and Peaceful Heart
Smoke Sessions Records · Release Date: September 9, 2016

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