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THE JAZZ LIFE

Growing Older Jazzfully

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So there I was the other day, taking a yoga lesson, trying to loosen my aching muscles. I'm at that age where it aches if I do exercise, and I stiffen if I don't. The instructor was a young woman with the flexibility of a baby who can suck her own toes. She asked us to lie on our backs and make a figure 4 with our legs in the air, then grasp a thigh and pull back... You get ...

CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Emmet Cohen Featuring Jimmy Cobb: Masters Legacy Series, Volume 1

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Young pianist Emmet Cohen has a reverence for the history of jazz and a deep abiding yearning to preserve the music of the masters and to this end, Cohen developed the concept of a Masters Legacy Series intended to be a collection of recordings and interviews with various living jazz icons who began their careers fifty or sixty-years-ago. Volume one celebrates and documents the music of Jimmy Cobb, arguably one of the finest drum masters of our time, and is ...

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Emmet Cohen Featuring Jimmy Cobb: Masters Legacy Series, Volume 1

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Pianist Emmet Cohen aims to honor the jazz masters. He starts with drummer Jimmy Cobb, on the Masters Legacy Series, Volume 1, a mostly piano trio affair featuring Cobb himself in the the drummer's chair. Cobb is best known for his participation in one of the jazz world's most famous recording, Miles Davis' Kind Of Blue (Columbia Records, 1959). He also played on Davis Someday My Prince will Come (1961), Sketches Of Spain (1960), Porgy And Bess, 1959), ...

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Jimmy Cobb: The Original Mob

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As the Smoke Sessions list of titles continues to grow, so too do we get to check out some of the country's greatest drummer. The much in-demand Joe Farnsworth has been featured on the label's releases by Harold Mabern and David Hazeltine. Furthermore, one of the most recent titles is a headlining date for the legendary Louis Hayes. Now, comes along a new set that puts the spotlight on renowned drummer Jimmy Cobb, a gentleman that for most of his ...

LIVE REVIEWS

Jimmy Cobb's So What Band: Albany, February 10, 2011

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Jimmy Cobb's So What BandThe Egg, Albany, USAFebruary 10, 2011 It's well documented that the music of Miles Davis' seminal Kind of Blue (Columbia) has captivated music fans and musicians since it was born in 1959. The lone surviving member of that legendary band, drummer Jimmy Cobb, has been bringing the music to the live stage again since the 50th anniversary of the recording in 2009. It hasn't lost its luster. Who, but Cobb, ...

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Steve Haines Quintet with Jimmy Cobb: Stickadiboom

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Bassist Steve Haines Quintet 's impressive Stickadiboom is a thought-provoking, energetic, excellently composed and arranged, modern jazz album. Haines, a Canadian transplant who directs the Miles Davis Program in Jazz Studies at Greensboro's University of North Carolina, lived in New York City during a research assignment, playing, hanging out and immersing himself in the jazz scene, where he met legendary drummer, Jimmy Cobb, who is featured on six of the eight selections. Cobb's exceptionally steady and sturdy drum work keeps ...

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Steve Haines Quintet with Jimmy Cobb: Stickadiboom

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Jazz bassist Steve Haines presents his Zoho debut and second release as leader with Stickadiboom (a drummer's term describing the sound of jazz drums), drawing on a collaboration with legendary drummer Jimmy Cobb to help him interpret the music. Haines, who directs the Miles Davis Program in Jazz Studies at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, successfully crafts a dynamite session of New York style straight-ahead hard-bop jazz with his New York-based quintet.

Drummer Cobb contributes one chart and ...

MULTIPLE REVIEWS

Jimmy Cobb: Tough Guys & Stickadiboom

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GenerationsTough GuysICA2008 Steve Haines Quintet with Jimmy CobbStickadiboom ZoHo2009 Jimmy Cobb, the latest member of the jazz octogenarian drummers club (Charli Persip joins later this year), is the common thread on these two albums. A veteran who has played with everyone from the Adderley Brothers to Sarah Vaughan, Cobb is the lone surviving musician ...

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Steve Haines Quintet with Jimmy Cobb: Stickadiboom

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With so many jazz artists revisiting standards, it is refreshing when an album like The Steve Haines Quintet's Stickadiboom comes out, featuring all-original music.Bassist Haines directs the Miles Davis Program in Jazz Studies at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. He has recorded with some major names in jazz, including Branford Marsalis, Peter Erskine and Jimmy Cobb. His quintet is comprised of Rob Smith on trumpet and soprano sax, David Lown on tenor sax, Chip Crawford on ...

INTERVIEWS

Jimmy Cobb: Standard-Bearer

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One night in 2006, drummer Jimmy Cobb walked through the foyer of a New York jazz club with a lit stogie jammed coolly between his teeth. Someone standing in line for the next show wondered aloud if smoking was allowed in the club. Another patron waiting nearby figured that anyone who could survive the uncertainties of earning a living playing jazz for over a half-century, especially the last remaining member of the historic sessions that gave us Miles Davis' Kind ...