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Jimmy Cobb
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The superb, mostly self-taught drummer Jimmy Cobb is best known for his work with Miles Davis, particularly on what has been called the most important Jazz record ever made, 'Kind of Blue.' A dynamic and aggressive player who's followed in the percussion footsteps of Kenny Clarke and Art Blakey, Jimmy has always been a welcome member of any band in which he plays and a constant encouragement to his front line. He approaches the drum kit in both a melodic and percussive fashion, never playing overly-long or rambling solos.

Born in Washington, he played locally with Charlie Rouse, Frank Wess, Billie Holiday and Pearl Bailey in D.C. but left in 1950 to join Earl Bostic. In the mid '50s, he worked with Cannonball Adderley, Stan Getz and Dizzy Gillespie before taking over the drum chair from Philly Joe Jones in the Miles Davis band in 1958. Along with pianist Wynton Kelly and bassist Paul Chambers, he became part of one of the most influential rhythm sections in Jazz history. The trio later left Miles and played and recorded with Wes Montgomery, Kenny Burrell and J.J. Johnson before it disbanded. Cobb worked with Sarah Vaughan through the '70s, also doing some teaching.

While part of the New School Jazz Program in New York, he met guitarist Peter Bernstein and bassist John Weber and their collaborations became the basis of Jimmy Cobb's Mob. Their critically acclaimed first release, 'Only For the Pure of Heart,' was released in 1998.

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