Thursday, November 26, 2009


Amercican jazz saxophonist and arranger/composer Al Cohn was born on November 24,1925 and was initially known in the 1940s for playing in Woody Herman's Second Herd as one of the Four Brothers, along with Zoot sims, Stan Getz and Serge Chaloff. Unlike the better known tenors Sims and Getz, Cohn contributed arrangements to the Herman band. Cohn has a reputation as a lyrical flowing soloist.

After leaving the Herman group Cohn went on to play with a variety of other musicians but his best-known association was his long-term partnership with fellow Herman veteran tenor player Sims, beginning with the quintet they co-led in 1956. They continued to play together sporadically until the death of Sims. The high point of their recorded output can be found on "You 'n' Me" a collection of standards and original compositions released on Mercury Records in 1960. The two also played on some of author Jack Kerouac's recordings. The rhythm section on their classic 50s recordings included Mose Allison on piano.

In addition to his work as a jazz tenor saxophonist Al Cohn was a noted arranger, his work included the Broadway productions of "Raisin" and "Sophisticated Ladies". Also, Al Cohn did arrangements for unreleased Linda Rondstadt recordings from the 1980s.
Al Cohn's first wife was singer Marilyn Moore. Cohn died in Stroudsburg,Pennsylvania in 1988.

Reference - Allmusic

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