Wednesday, January 20, 2010


O legendário baterista de jazz Jimmy Cobb nasceu no 20 de Janeiro de 1929, em Washington D.C., autodidata, tem como fato marcante em sua carreira musical, a participação da gravação de um dos mais famosos álbuns da história do jazz o "'Kind of Blue" - uma obra-prima do trompetista Miles Davis.

Em 1959, Miles Davis reuniu seu famoso sexteto - John Coltrane, Cannonball Adderley, Bill Evans, Wynton Kelly, Paul Chambers e Jimmy Cobb - no 30th Street Studio, em Nova York, e, em apenas duas sessões de improviso, criou uma obra-prima. O album 'Kind of Blue' é uma referência para músicos, entusiastas e neófitos. Suas impressionantes vendas confirmam sua longevidade e sua importância ainda causa impacto na música.

O jornalista americano Ashley Kahn lançou um olhar cuidadoso sobre a história do álbum e escreveu o livro "Kind of Blue"onde traça um panorama do jazz nos anos 50 e recria o cenário dessa monumental gravação. O livro começa com a emocionante chegada do autor aos estúdios da Sony Music, que detém os arquivos de 'Kind of blue', e transmite toda a ansiedade e excitação que o raro acesso aos originais do álbum causam. Em seguida, relata a chegada de Miles Davis a Nova York e repassa sua trajetória até se debruçar sobre as duas famosas sessões de gravação. Desse ponto em diante, o foco se alarga novamente para mostrar sua repercussão e influência.

Com transcrições de trechos não-editados das fitas master, entrevistas, arquivos da Columbia Records recém-descobertos, cerca de cem imagens (incluindo fotografias inéditas, partituras e registros do estúdio), entrevistas e o prefácio do único membro sobrevivente da banda, Jimmy Cobb, 'Kind of Blue' é um tributo a um importante episódio da história da música mundial.

Jimmy Cobb toca com seu trio

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 of 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.

The Miles recordings and live performances are not the only high points of Jimmy's quiet, but truly outstanding career. Jimmy did his first recording with Earl Bostic. Known from an early age as a great accompanist, Jimmy played extensively with Dinah Washington, Billie Holiday, Pearl Bailey, Clark Terry, Dizzy Gillespie, Cannonball Adderly, before joining Miles in 1957. 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. Mr. Cobb then worked with Sarah Vaughn for 9 years. Jimmy then 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, Dave Holland and Warren Bernhardt, and many, many others worldwide. (see list on succeeding pages).

Eleana Tee produced a Television Special “So that Nobody Else Can Hear”, which aired on AandE in the early 90's featuring Jimmy playing and hangin' 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. From New York to Brazil. He has performed for President 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.

Currently, Jimmy is not slowing down even a little. He splits any downtime between his New York City “digs” and his home in Woodstock, NY with his two children, Jaime and Serena, and long time partner and collaborator, Eleana Tee. However, he still tours with his own band, “Cobb's Mob” and combines with many incredible artists both old and new. Jimmy has just completed a “Four Generations of Miles” album with guitarist, Mike Stern, Ron Carter (bass), and George Coleman (tenor) for Chesky records.

Jimmy released his newest and 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, Jerry Mall, percussion 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. And as usual with Jimmy Cobb, you won't believe what's up next! - - -

Fonte - Jazzmusic

Tradução de Humberto Amorim

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