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The Original Mob

Jimmy Cobb

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Old Devil Moon
Amsterdam After Dark
Sunday in New York
Stranger in Paradise
Composition 101
Remembering U
Nobody Else but Me
Minor Blues
Lickety Split

About The Album

THERE’S NO ONE ELSE LIKE JIMMY COBB now in his seventh decade in music and swinging as hard today as he did when he started in 1950 with Earl Bostic. His surgical skill at the drums and his artistic genius generally is the stuff of legend from his work with Dinah and Cannonball to Sarah and Wes. Jimmy is best known for his time with Miles Davis that included the recording of several history making albums including the classic 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 particular 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 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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