The front line of The Cookers. L-R: Billy Harper, David Weiss, Eddie Henderson, Craig Handy. John Rogers for NPR/johnrogersnyc.com hide caption

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The Checkout: Live

The Cookers: Live In Concert WBGO-FM

An all-star band of heavyweight hard-bop masters lift off in loose assembly.

The Chihiro Yamanaka trio is Yoshi Waki, bass; Ferenc Nemeth, drums; Yamanaka, piano. Michael Borgida/Berklee College Of Music hide caption

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The Checkout: Live

Chihiro Yamanaka Trio: Live In Concert WBGO-FM

The pianist's imaginative virtuosity is beginning to translate to stateside jazz success.