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Belated birthday wishes to Jimmy Cobb (plus a CD review)

The great drummer Jimmy Cobb is still swinging hard, going strong after 65 years behind the kit. The jazz elder statesman, last heard in Ottawa at the city’s 2008 and 2009 jazz festivals, marked his 86th birthday last week, and on Sunday night finished a three-night run at Smoke Jazz & Supper Club on New York’s Upper West Side. 574 more words


Hey, Man: Town Hall Memorial Remembers Bassist Charlie Haden

The line of people stretched down the block in the cold on West 43rd Street in Manhattan for a chance to get inside the Town Hall Theater and say goodbye to the great bassist Charlie Haden. 1,261 more words

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Sound of 2014: Juan Rodriguez's top picks, from Bill Frisell to The Bad Plus

It surprised me that a hefty proportion of my top recorded jazz picks for 2014 included music that many do not consider jazz, or even rock, for that matter. 1,067 more words


Jimmy Cobb, The Original Mob, Smoke Sessions (2014)

  • Peter Bernstein: guitar
  • Brad Mehldau: piano
  • John Webber: bass
  • Jimmy Cobb: drums

Jimmy Cobb is a first tier veteran of the jazz world. In the fifties he played with Wynton Kelly, Paul Chambers, Wes Montgomery, Dinah Washington, Miles Davis and more. 518 more words


Ode (Number 19)

Ode (Number 19)

Here’s a pretty song by Brad Mehldau.  As is usual with his compositions, the exact harmonies and rhythms are up to interpretation.  I feel like Brad’s melodies revolve around fluid tonalities rather than chord structures: often he will play a dissonant note over a triad and make it sound perfectly logical.  20 more words