Jimmy Cobb

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Jimmy Cobb

Wilbur James "Jimmy" Cobb (* 20th January 1929 in Washington, DC ; † 24. May 2020 in New York ) was an American drummer of modern jazz , which for its "no-frills straight hard bop style" was known.

Live and act

As a predominantly autodidact , Jimmy Cobb made it the oldest regular player in most Miles Davis formations. From 1946 he learned drums at Armstrong High School in Boston. He initially accompanied Charlie Rouse and Billie Holiday in Washington before going on a national tour with Earl Bostic in 1951 . In the next few years he worked as a companion for Dinah Washington and also played with Frank Wess , Leo Parker and Pearl Bailey . In 1957 he worked at Cannonball Adderley , then briefly at Stan Getz and Dizzy Gillespie . From 1958 to 1963 he worked in the band of Miles Davis , his drumming can be found among others. a. on historical recordings such as Kind of Blue , Sketches of Spain , "Someday My Prince Will Come", "Live at Carnegie Hall", " Porgy and Bess " and many other Miles Davis recordings; he also recorded with John Coltrane ( Giant Steps ). In the 1960s he played in clubs in a trio with Wynton Kelly and Paul Chambers , partly supplemented by Wes Montgomery . In the 1970s he accompanied Sarah Vaughan . He then appeared with Kenny Drew senior , Art Farmer , Nat Adderley , Jesse Davis and Roman Schwaller . A few days after his 75th birthday, the album Marsalis Music Honors Jimmy Cobb was created with Ellis Marsalis with four compositions by the drummer.

From the 2000s, Cobb continued to work with musicians such as Brian Lynch , Grady Tate , George Coleman , Von Freeman , David Fathead Newman , Roman Schwaller , Cedar Walton , Hank Jones , Geri Allen , Christian McBride , Eric Felten , Javon Jackson , Steve Turre , Emmet Cohen and Harold Mabern . He also led his own trio groups, which u. a. Massimo Farao , Richard Wyands , Orlando le Fleming , Peter Washington , Peter Bernstein, and John Webber . In 2011 he recorded the tribute album Remembering Miles with Eddie Henderson , Unno Tadakata and John Webber . In the field of jazz, according to Tom Lord , he was involved in 379 recording sessions between 1948 and 2019.

For 2009 he received the NEA Jazz Masters Fellowship .

Jimmy Cobb with the Nat Adderley Quintet , 1993

Jimmy Cobb was the last remaining musician who was involved in the 1959 recordings for the legendary jazz album " Kind of Blue ". He continued to perform regularly until he was 90 and released the album "This I Dig Of You" in 2019. Cobb died in May 2020 at the age of 91 from complications from cancer.

Discographic notes

Band leader

  • Only for the Pure of Heart (Lightyear, 1998) with Richard Wyands, Peter Bernstein, John Webber
  • Yesterdays (2001), with Jon Faddis , Roy Hargrove , Marion Meadows , Michael Brecker , Eric Lewis , Peter Bernstein, John Webber, Jerry Mall
  • Cobb's Groove (Milestone, 2003) with Eric Alexander , Richard Wyands, Peter Bernstein, John Webber
  • Marsalis Music Honors Jimmy Cobb (Marsalis, 2006), with Andrew Speight , Ellis Marsalis , Orlando LaFleming
  • Cobb's Corner (2007), with Roy Hargrove, Ronnie Mathews , Peter Washington
  • Jazz in the Key of Blue (Chesky, 2009), with Roy Hargrove, Russell Malone , John Webber
  • The Original Mob (Smoke Sessions, 2014), with Peter Bernstein, Brad Mehldau , John Weber
  • This I Dig of You (Smoke Sessions, 2019), with Harold Mabern, Peter Bernstein, John Webber

Recordings as a sideman

at Miles Davis

at Wes Montgomery

  • 1965: Smokin 'at the Half Note - Wynton Kelly Trio & Wes Montgomery ( Verve Records )
  • 1965: Smokin 'Guitar (Verve)
  • 1966: Smokin 'in Seattle: Live at the Penthouse - Wynton Kelly Trio & Wes Montgomery (Verve, 2017)

Lexical entry

Web links

Individual evidence

  1. Stefan Künzli: Most recently he ran out of money for medication - the legendary drummer Jimmy Cobb died at the age of 91. Luzerner Zeitung, May 25, 2020, accessed on May 25, 2020 .
  2. ^ Article by Ralf Dombrowski in Reclam's Jazzlexikon Stuttgart 2003
  3. Tom Lord : The Jazz Discography (online, accessed November 24, 2019)
  4. Legendary jazz drummer Jimmy Cobb dies , deutschlandfunkkultur.de, published and accessed on May 25, 2020.
  5. La Repubblica : È morto Jimmy Cobb, tra i più grandi batteristi della storia del jazz , May 25, 2020.