(English follows the Japanese)
By Takaaki Kondo, Tokyo Jazz Review
Jimmy Cobbさんと云えば、Miles Davisの黄金のリズム・セクションを支え、Jazz史上に燦然と輝く銘盤"Kind of Blue"にも参加した、正に"Legendary"なDrummerですね。82歳となる今もなお現役でコンスタントに新譜を出し続け、それがいずれもQualityが高いのが驚異的です
サイドメンではPianoの海野雅威（Tadataka Unno - 1980年生)さんが「何気なく」素晴らしい。この人のリーダーアルバムを愛聴しているワタシとしては嬉しい限りです。ラッパのEddie Hendersonは相変わらず流石の一言。1970年代にHerbie Hancockに見いだされて活躍していましたが、70年代の半ばに一時引退しているのです。「本業」に専念する為に。「本業」とは、彼はお医者さんなのです。当時の彼は医者とミュージシャンをかけ持ちしていたという変った経歴の持ち主です
Jimmy Cobb: Drums
Eddie Henderson: Trumpet
John Webber: Bass
Tadataka Unno (海野雅威): Piano
1. I'll Remember April （Don Raye, Gene De Paul, Pat Johnson）
2. Autumn Leaves （Joseph Cosma）
3. Lament （J.J. Johnson）
4. I Thought About You （Jimmy Van Heusen）
5. A Night In Tunisia( Dizzy Gillespie, Frank Paparelli)
6. Fran Dance (Miles Davis)
7. Stella By Starlight (Victor Young)
8. Dear Old Stockholm （Stan Getz）
9. Remembering U (Dave Matthews, Jimmy Cobb)
Recorded April 20th, 2011
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Jimmy Cobb - I'll Remember April
Jimmy Cobb - Dear Old Stockholm
Legendary drummer Jimmy Cobb, at age 82, is the last surviving member of Miles Davis' band that recorded Kind of Blue and still going strong. In this latest release from the Japanese Eighty-Eights label, Cobb pays fitting tribute to Davis with fabulous performances of tunes associated with the jazz giant. The program is neatly bookended by two piano trio numbers, "I'll Remember April" and Cobb's original "Remembering U." The core piano trio here is a fabulous one, with phenomenal Japanese pianist Tadataka Unno and solid bassist John Webber. For the remaining seven tunes, the trio is augmented by veteran trumpeter Eddie Henderson who effectively channels Davis on muted trumpet without descending to mere mimicry. The performance is inspired and the sound quality -- recorded in pure DSD at New York's Avatar Studios by Sony's best engineers -- is superb. One of the best straight ahead new recordings of 2011! Strongly recommended to jazz fans and audiophiles!
2009 is a crucial year for Jazz and the music industry as a whole. It is a time to reflect, remember, and celebrate the 50th Anniversary of the best selling Jazz album of all time: “Kind of Blue”. To commemorate this momentous occasion, Jimmy Cobb and his So What Band featuring: Javon Jackson
(Tenor Sax), Wallace Roney, (Trumpet), Buster Williams, (Bass), Larry Willis, (Piano), Vincent Herring, ( Alto Sax), and the Jazz Legend himself, Jimmy Cobb, on (Drums) will embark on the Kind of Blue @ 50 — Jimmy Cobb and the So What Band World Tour.
The Kind of Blue @ 50 World Tour featuring:
Jimmy Cobb’s So What Band consists of approximately 50 appearances in 25 plus countries including: The United States, Canada, Brazil, The United Kingdom, Spain, Sweden, Greece, Italy, France, Austria, Belgium, Germany, Switzerland, Portugal… Catch Jimmy live on Tour or follow Jimmy Cobb’s
So What Band around the World on Jimmy’s official website, Face Book, Twitter or MySpace page.
Legendary jazz drummer, Jimmy Cobb, was born in Washington, D.C. on January 20, 1929. A superb, mostly self-taught musician, Jimmy is the elder statesman of all the incredible Miles Davis bands. Jimmy’s inspirational work with Miles, John Coltrane, Cannonball Adderly and Co. spanned 1957 until 1963, and included the masterpiece "Kind of Blue", the most popular jazz recording in history. He also played on "Sketches of Spain", Someday My Prince will Come", "Live at Carnegie Hall, "Live at the Blackhawk", "Porgy and Bess", and many, many other watermark Miles Davis recordings.
Jimmy did his first recording with Earl Bostic and played extensively with Dinah Washington, Billie Holiday, Pearl Bailey, Clark Terry, Dizzy Gillespie, Cannonball Adderly, before joining Miles in 1957.
By 1963 Tony Williams took over the Miles drum chair in 1963 and Jimmy left Miles to continue to work with Miles’ rhythm section, Winton Kelly and Paul Chambers behind Wes Montgomery. In addition to several Winton Kelly Trio Albums, the three did albums with Kenny Burrell, and J.J. Johnson, among others, before disbanding in the late 60’s.
Jimmy then worked with Sarah Vaughn for 9 years. Afterward, Jimmy continued to freelance with several great groups throughout the 70’s 80’s and 90’s including, Sonny Stitt, Nat Adderly, Ricky Ford, Hank Jones, Ron Carter, George Coleman, Fathead Newman, The Great Jazz Trio with Nancy Wilson, Dave Holland, Warren Bernhardt, and many, many others worldwide.
In the early 90’s a Television Special produced by Eleana Tee featured Jimmy playing and hanging with Freddie Hubbard, Gregory Hines, Bill Cosby, Dave Leibman, Pee Wee Ellis, and others. Jimmy has played around the world from Newport to Monte Carlo, from LA to Japan. He has performed for both Presidents Ford, and Carter, the Shah of Iran and many other dignitaries in his storied career, and is quoted extensively in "Kind of Blue", the Documentary of those legendary recording sessions as well as Writing the forward for the Book --Kind of Blue-- the making of the Miles Davis Masterpiece in 2000.
In 2002 Jimmy completed a "Four Generations of Miles" album with guitarist, Mike Stern, Ron Carter (bass), and George Coleman (tenor) for Chesky records. Other releases include his long awaited solo album, "Yesterdays", produced by Eleana Tee for Rteesan Productions. It features Michael Brecker on tenor, Marion Meadows on soprano, Roy Hargrove, trumpet and flugelhorn, Jon Faddis, trumpet, Eric Lewis, electric piano, Peter Bernstein, guitar, and John Weber on bass. This album was done in Jimmy’s two adopted home towns; recorded and shot in New York, and mixed and edited in Woodstock, NY. It includes a wide variety of arrangements ranging from a unique interpretation of Jimi Hendrix "Purple Haze" to ballads "Yesterdays" and blues (All Blues, Faddis, Monk) and standards, "Without a Song" and "Love Walked Right In". This major musical statement will include several music videos and a complete television documentary.
Later, Jimmy’s Albums New York Time, Cobb’s Corner and West of 5th, Produced by Eleana Steinberg Tee and David Chesky were released. Jimmy’s Album New York Time played by Jimmy, Christian McBride, bass, Javon Jackson, tenor sax, and Cedar Walton, on piano incorporates songs for all moods. West of 5th features Jimmy, accompanied by Hank Jones on piano and Christian McBride on Bass, in this compilation of songs is a ballad written by Mr. Cobb in tribute to his late younger sister Eleanor. And In 2007 Cobb’s Corner was released, played by Jimmy, Roy Hargrove, Ronnie Mathews, and Peter Washington AKA The Jimmy Cobb Quartet. In June 2008, Jimmy was the recipient of the Don Redman Heritage award. Just 4 months later, on October 17 2008, Jimmy was one of 6 to be presented with the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) Jazz Masters award.
Jimmy remains active, not only in New York City, where he leads Jimmy Cobb’s Mob but on the international circuit including Japan, China, Netherlands, France, Germany, Italy, & South Africa.
TEACHING: Jimmy is constantly being approached to teach what he knows
and loves to aspiring jazz musicians all over the world. Jimmy travels every
year for the last 9 years to Stanford University to teach Master Classes for the University’s Jazz Workshop. He has taught for Parsons: The New School for Jazz and Contemporary Music in New York City, at the University of Greensboro in North Carolina, for The International Center for the arts at San Francisco State University, for St. Francis Xavier University in Nova Scotia Canada, for Berklee’s College of Music in Boston and at numerous educational
institutions throughout the globe.
And as usual with Jimmy Cobb, you won’t believe what’s up next!
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