Tuesday, March 2, 2010

Jimmy Cobb

Thankfully not forgotten and still playing, Jimmy Cobb will forever be remembered from his amazing drum (and exquisite cymbal) work on Kind of Blue. However he has amassed a large discography since that seminal recording: Jimmy Cobb albums.

Insights into Jimmy surface during Marc Myers' four part interview with Jimmy (see Part 1, Part 2, Part 3 and Part 4). Also, more information is on Jimmy's web page that includes an extensive discography, his touring schedule (he may be 81, but he is an active 81),and other interesting information.

Back to Kind of Blue. Here is an excellent video on the making of the recording that anyone who loves the album, Jimmy, Miles or all of the above will appreciate:

Since Jimmy is inextricably tied to that one album, despite his many accomplishments in the half century after it was recorded, the following articles will probably be of interest: Ashley Kahn's interview in which he discusses his book, Kind of Blue: The Making of the Miles Davis Masterpiece . During the interview Kahn reveals many wonderful tidbits of information about the session, the musicians and himself that are fascinating. Kahn did a great article titled, Jimmy Cobb: The Reluctant Don that adds further insights.

Back to Jimmy - this brief interview conducted by WBGO's afternoon Jazz host Michael Bourne in March of 2005 is worth reading because it gives a glimpse into that Jimmy is doing today. Of course, his touring schedule is the most definitive way of keeping tabs.

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