Junior Cook: Junior’s Cookin’

This fine 1961 recording features Horace Silver’s group of the time minus the leader. Cook shares the line with Blue Mitchell; Ronnie Matthews and Dolo Coker divide time on piano; and Gene Taylor and Roy Brooks do the driving. The music is greater than the sum of these excellent parts; the tight arrangements and no-nonsense swing and soloing reflect Silver’s approach; and on the whole it is just as enjoyable as his celebrated records of the period.