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The Night Of The Cookers (1965)

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This double CD reissues the two LP volumes titled The Night of the Cookers. Since these performances (four lengthy workouts ranging from 19-24 minutes apiece) were taken from a club date that matched together the trumpets of Freddie Hubbard and Lee Morgan (along with James Spaulding on alto and flute, pianist Harold Mabern, bassist Larry Ridley, drummer Pete La Roca, and the congas of Big Black), this should have been a classic. However Morgan sounds quite subpar, the recording quality is just passable, the individual solos are stretched out far too long, and the overall results are a major disappointment. ~ Scott Yanow