COUNTING BEATS

Reviews and Recommended Jazz by Nick Bewsey

Tag: NEA Jazz Master

JIMMY COBB, THE ORIGINAL MOB

Drummer Jimmy Cobb, an historically important musician who duly received an NEA Jazz Master award in 2009, needs no introduction. If his only connection to jazz was through Miles Davis and playing on Kind Of Blue in 1959, his reputation would still be assured, but Cobb’s career includes deep connections to John Coltrane and Wes Montgomery as well as most every important leader and jazz group since his five-year tenure with Miles. At 85, Cobb is still making music, most of it very good and with his own bands (Jimmy Cobb’s Mob, “So What” Tribute band) often comprised of intensely creative, younger players. Continue reading

SONNY ROLLINS, ROAD SHOWS, VOL. 3

A TOP JAZZ RECORD OF 2014. They say Sonny Rollins still practices three hours a day, and I wouldn’t doubt the stamina of this jazz nobleman who at 83 continues to perform at sold out concert halls all over the world. He still plays faster and with more finesse than players half his age. If you’ve been fortunate enough to see Rollins in concert, you’ve experienced that charismatic energy radiate from the stage. A live setting puts his legendary reputation in context. For the last decade, he’s been remiss to produce a studio recording for a reason common to all great artists – there’s nothing comparable to playing to an audience. For Sonny Rollins, the rewards that flow from listeners far outweigh the concern that you or your band will hiccup on stage. Continue reading

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