Jazz drummer Jimmy Cobb is perhaps most famous for his role as the backbone to Miles Davis's best albums, but the unstoppable Cobb is also an excellent band leader in his own right, as evidenced in his latest release for Chesky Records, Cobb's Corner. This recording captures the Jimmy Cobb that jazz listeners who've followed his long, gratifying career expect. Cobb's Corner finds Jimmy filling out his rhythm section with legendary New York pianist Ronnie Mathews and renowned bassist Peter Washington. The chief soloist on the record is Roy Hargrove, perhaps the most versatile and surefire trumpeter to emerge in the wake of Wynton Marsalis. The musician's fortright embrace of American standards, their personal interpretations of delectable melodies and their collective, highly interactive improvisations make this a must have for any jazz aficionado. This super audio compact disc was recorded using Chesky's state of the art minimalist miking techniques to create an outstanding addition to any audiophiles collection.
Main Artists Jimmy Cobb
Roy Hargrove - flugelhorn, trumpet
Ronnie Mathews - piano
Peter Washington - bass
Producer David Chesky
Executive Producer Norman Chesky
Engineer Nicholas Prout
Assistant Engineer Rick Eckerle
Editing Engineer Nicholas Prout
Mastering Engineer Nicholas Prout
Recorded on November 15, 2006.
This album was made with the purest audio path, using the very best microphones, mic preamps, analog-to-digital converters, recorders, and cables with careful attention to detail to produce the most transparent and natural sound available today.
Cobb’s Corner (SACD327)
- You And The Night And The Music [Howard Dietz/Arthur Schwartz]
- My Romance [Lorenz Hart/Richard Rodgers]
- Never Let Me Go [Ray Evans/Jay Livingston]
- John Charles [Ronnie Mathews]
- My Foolish Heart [Ned Washington/Victor Young]
- I May Be Wrong [Henry Sullivan]
- Lotus Blossom [Billy Strayhorn]
- Book's Bossa [Walter Booker]
- Ruby My Dear [Thelonious Monk]
- My Ship [Ira Gershwin/Kurt Weill]
Liner notes by David Chesky, Norman Chesky, and Howard Mandel.
ReviewsHargrove has a wonderfully rich tone and is able to stretch out some very creative solos during the generally laid-back tempi of many of the tracks. Chesky records in natural halls and churches rather than studios. The acoustic ambiance of the venue is the real thing - not digital reverb. None of the instruments are therefore recorded with close-up mics, not even the drums as nearly everyone else seems to do. The drums also don't overpower the other players as heard on so many jazz recordings - of course at least part of that has to be blamed on the artfulness of Cobb's drumming. - John Henry