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Junior Cook (32 Jazz: Senior Cookin

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An American Original. Junior Cook is that type of musician whose tone and technique is an archetype of jazz. Full-throated and commanding, Cook swings and swings, doubtlessly helped by his long tenure with Horace Silver (1958 – 1964). Hard Bop and Blues—Blues and Hard Bop. Swing, Swang, Swung... Born in Pensacola. FL in 1934, Herman “Junior” Cook became and remained active in mainstream jazz during the 60s, 70, and 80s. His more innovative contemporaries continually overshadowed him, an unfortunate fact ...

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Junior Cook Quintet: Junior's Cookin'

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Junior Cook Quintet – JUNIOR’S COOKIN’. OJC 1002; Released 1999. It was a natural move. Riverside was making a long series of albums with Blue Mitchell, and his hornmate with Horace Silver was available. Two sessions, one on each coast, with the entire Silver group minus its leader. A batch of young songs, including two Mitchell would do on other albums. You’d think it can’t miss, and mostly you’re right.

We start with a familiar mood in an unfamiliar place. ...


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