Junior Cook – You Leave Me Breathless (SCCD 31304)

SCCD 31304 You Leave Me Breathless / Junior Cook Quintet “ On this his last date, Junior Cook goes out as he came in and as he’s spent his entire career, blowing deeply felt hard bop. …Everything fits what you’d expect, and the formula results in high quality, though not flashy, music….Cook will be missed, […]

Louis Smith – Strike Up The Band (SCCD 31294)

SCCD 31294 Strike Up The Band / Louis Smith Sextet On this highly acclaimed recording, Louis is joined by the best players both from the younger generation and from his own generation. “ Louis Smith has kept at playing jazz throughout a career as a school teacher. His love of the music that kept him […]

Bertha Hope – Elmo’s Fire (SCCD 31289)

SCCD 31276 Elmo's Fire / Bertha Hope Quintet “… a homage paid by pianist Bertha Hope to her husband Elmo who died in 1967… An ensemble of beautiful coherence, sensitive to its sonority on those arrangements of perfect taste acknowledges its roots in bop…A great listening pleasure .” (Pierre Schavey, The Lion) “ Un très […]

Junior Cook – On A Misty Night (SCCD 31266)

SCCD 31266 On A Misty Night / Junior Cook Quartet Veteran tenor man Junior Cook (1934-1992) was best known for his long association with the famous Horace Silver Quintet in the late 50s and early 60s. “ Junior Cook’s strong and positive tenor saxophone is always worth hearing…Cook’s warmth, logical improvising and relentless swing ensure […]

Junior Cook – The Place To Be (SCCD 31240)

SCCD 31240 The Place To Be / Junior Cook Quartet “…. Mainstream tenor playing at its best ….” (Stan Woolley, Jazz Journal) “… Cook is his usual dependable self on this comfortable recording. His tough but warm tone wears well on the ballads….but really shines on the up-tempo numbers …” (Tim Smith, Candence) “… An […]