Historic Release By Jimmy Cobb Featuring Roy Hargrove “Remembering U”


Scott H. Thompson

Historic Release By The Best Jimmy Cobb
featuring Roy Hargrove
Remembering U

Final Session by Legendary Engineer Rudy Van Gelder!

Released August 30th Album Release Party
November 25th at Dizzy's Club


Legendary Drummer Jimmy Cobb Still Swinging After All These Years Remembering U features guest appearance by the late trumpeter Roy Hargrove.

A consummate accompanist, unerring timekeeper, outstanding soloist and dynamic leader in his own right, revered drummer Jimmy Cobb showcases his inimitable touch on ballads and his irrepressibly swinging ride cymbal pulse on Remembering U. Accompanied by his working trio of Japanese pianist Tadataka Unno and Italian bassist Paolo Benedettini, Cobb's latest stands as a tribute to those people who have been a part of his long journey in jazz and are no longer with us. Special guests include tenor saxophonist Javon Jackson and the late trumpeter Roy Hargrove in one of his last studio sessions. The recording also marks the final session of legendary engineer Rudy Van Gelder, who presided over classic sessions for the Blue Note, Prestige and Impulse! labels. (Cobb remembers playing on a Van Gelder session in the mid 1950s when the fledgling engineer was operating out of his parents home in Hackensack, New Jersey.)

On Remembering U, 2009 NEA Jazz Masters Award winner Cobb proves beyond a shadow of a doubt that, at age 90, he is indeed still swinging after all these years.

Cobb's expansive list of recording credits over seven decades reads like a Who's Who in Jazz. Among the countless sessions he participated in since the mid '50s are such landmark recordings as Miles Davis' Kind of Blue, Sketches of Spain, Porgy & Bess and Sorcerer, John Coltrane's Giant Steps and Coltrane Jazz, Wes Montgomery's Full House, Boss Guitar and Smokin' at the Half Note as well as potent sessions with Freddie Hubbard, Stan Getz, Bobby Timmons, Cannonball Adderley, Sarah Vaughan, Sonny Stitt and a string of acclaimed trio recordings with pianist Wynton Kelly and bassist Paul Chambers. On Remembering U, his 12th as a leader and first for his own Jimmy Cobb World label, Cobb and his versatile crew display remarkable chemistry on 12 tracks.

Track Listing Writer(s)
Eleanor: Jimmy Cobb
Pistachio: Alfred "PeeWee" Ellis / Eleana Tee
Man In The Mirror: Glenn Ballard / Siedah Garrett
Remembering U: Jimmy Cobb
JC's AC: Tadataka Unno / Paolo Benedettini
Composition 101: Jimmy Cobb
I Just Can't Stop Loving You: Michael Jackson
Willow Weep For Me: Ann Ronell
W.K.: Jimmy Cobb
Cedar's Rainbow: Tadataka Unno
I Don't Wanna Be Kissed (By Anyone But You): Jack Elliott / Harold Spina
Cobb's Belle: Jimmy Cobb / Dave Mathews

Recorded 20, 21 and 28 June 2016 at Van Gelder Studios, Englewood Cliffs, NJ.

Jimmy Cobb - drums (on all songs)
Paolo Benedettini - bass (on all songs)
Tadataka Unno - piano (on all songs)

Special Guests:

Roy Hargrove - trumpet/flugelhorn (on "Eleanor", "JC's AC", "Willow Weep For Me")
Javon Jackson - tenor saxophone (on "Eleanor")

Executive Producers
Jimmy Cobb / Eleana Tee
Producer - Serena Cobb

Associate Producer(s)
Paolo Benedettini / Tadataka Unno

Recording Engineer-
Rudy Van Gelder

Mixing Engineer(s)
Maureen Sickler / Don Sickler

Mastering Engineer
Katsu Naito



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About the Author | Scott H. Thompson

Scott served as Assistant Director of Public Relations for Jazz at Lincoln Center in New York for almost a decade. With a background in broadcast journalism, Thompson’s voice and work has been heard on the Associated Press Radio Network, the Mutual Broadcasting network and NBC-AM New York, on The Morning Show. His experience spans radio, television, print and the internet. Thompson co-produced the New Haven Jazz Festival from 1994-2000. A prolific writer, Thompson has contributed to DownBeat, JazzTimes, Jazziz, and the All Music Guide. He penned the CD liner notes to Herbie Hancock Head Hunters, Weather Report 8:30, George Duke Brazilian Love, Stan Getz The New Collection, The Essence of Maynard Ferguson, and The Essence of Al DiMeola. Scott is one of the original members of the Jazz Journalists Association. Editor’s note: Style Quarterly is very pleased to make the connection with Scott and values his enthusiastic support of Jazz.


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