It’s eerily appropriate, in a way — Jimmy Cobb is the only musician missing from the photos of the famous “Kind of Blue” recording sessions that decorate his bedroom.
He’s also the last one still living, a fact he’s reminded of every day he awakens and sees his old friends staring back at him — jazz legends John Coltrane and Cannonball Adderley, Bill Evans and Wynton Kelly, Paul Chambers and the man himself, Miles Davis. The pictures are a reminder to Cobb, the drummer for Davis’ band during those landmark years — of his own mortality, and of the time he spent helping to shape what many music historians call the greatest jazz album ever made.
“Most everybody who went through that band wind up trying to dress like Miles, act like him, all kinds of stuff like that — and I guess I was probably the same way too. We tried to be as hip as he was, because at that time, he was the leading jazz man in the world, and a lot of guys waited to see what he would do to see where the music was going. I just liked being around him.”
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