As the man who replaced Philly Joe Jones and preceded Tony Williams in the Miles Davis Sextet, Jimmy Cobb has as impressive a pedigree as any drummer in jazz. The sole surviving member of the classic Kind of Blue ensemble, Cobb has over the years played with most of the major figures in modern jazz including Cannonball Adderley, Wes Montgomery, John Coltrane, and Sarah Vaughan.
Remarkably, this new release on the new Fable label, is Cobb's first as a leader. And he doesn't disappoint, proving himself as smooth, agile, and, when necessary, explosive as ever. Few drummers have as complete a command of their instrument as Cobb, and few can draw on such far-reaching knowledge of the jazz idiom. Veteran Richard Wyands (one of jazz's more underrated pianists) and talented youngsters Peter Bernstein on guitar and John Webber on bass mesh smoothly with this drum master.
The quartet works through a nicely varied set featuring the standards "Stars Fell on Alabama" and "Smile," Jimmy Heath's "Gingerbread Boy," and three tunes by trumpeter Tex Allen, including the title cut. With Bernstein taking the lead on most of the tunes here, the album favorably recalls Cobb's excellent 1960s sides with Wes Montgomery and the Wynton Kelly Trio.
I grew up listening to my father's jazz records and listening to the radio. My dad was a musician for many years as a vocalist, bassist and drummer. His two uncles played in the Symphony of Reggio Calabria back in Italy
I grew up listening to my father's jazz records and listening to the radio. My dad was a musician for many years as a vocalist, bassist and drummer. His two uncles played in the Symphony of Reggio Calabria back in Italy. So music and jazz specifically have been a part of me since I was born. I love and perform in all styles of music from around the world. Improvisation in jazz is what drew me in, and still does as well as other genres that feature improvisation. A group of great musicians expressing themselves as one is the hallmark of great jazz and in fact all great music.