Tuesday, May 20, 2014


Now in his seventh decade in music and swinging as hard today as he did in 1951 with Earl Bostic, Jimmy Cobb continues to display his surgical skill which has exalted him to legendary status through his work with Dinah and Cannonball to Sarah and Wes. But inescapably, Jimmy is best known for his time with Miles Davis that included the recording of several history making albums including the iconic session Kind of Blue.

His new release, The Original Mob, features three former students who have all become successful artists themselves. Brad Mehldau, Peter Bernstein, and John Webber were just getting their own careers started when they approached their teacher, Mr. Cobb, about working together as a quartet. It wasn't a hard sell, as Jimmy knew from experience that they were special talents. Soon after, they got some gigs as Jimmy Cobb's Mob and the rest is history. The Original Mob is the first recording of this original lineup in many years and their first recording together under Jimmy's leadership. It's a swinging affair that includes two of Jimmy's original compositions, and one each by Brad, Peter, and John.

The opening standard, "Old Devil Moon," was spontaneously arranged at the date when Brad suggested this novel introduction. Other highlights include the standards "Stranger in Paradise," "Sunday in New York," and "Nobody Else but Me." The Original Mob is the first Smoke Sessions Records release to be recorded using Smoke Jazz Club as a traditional recording studio-a process that Jimmy compared to recording in master engineer Rudy Van Gelder's living room half a century earlier. He adds, "it just sounds like us...like when we first started to play together years ago, but I remember like it was yesterday. I always enjoyed the way we played together."

The Original Mob is available for purchase as a 8-panel CD-Deluxe Album complete with liner notes, interview and additional photos or as a high resolution download mastered for iTunes.

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