Legendary jazz drummer Jimmy Cobb has passed away following a battle with lung cancer. Cobb was part of Miles Davis‘ band and recorded on the legendary Kind of Blue release.
He was born in Washington, D.C. on January 20, 1929. A superb, mostly self-taught musician, Jimmy is the elder statesman of all the incredible Miles Davis bands. Jimmy’s inspirational work with Miles, John Coltrane, Cannonball Adderly and Co. spanned 1957 until 1963, and included the masterpiece Kind of Blue, the most popular jazz recording in history. He also played on Sketches of Spain, Someday My Prince will Come, Live at Carnegie Hall, Live at the Blackhawk, Porgy and Bess, and many, many other watershed Miles Davis recordings (via Drummer World).
Tributes have been pouring in all across the music world.
RIP Jimmy Cobb, 91, wonderfully smooth and swinging drummer, last survivor of the Kind of Blue sessions. pic.twitter.com/XJ8QMG1Eqm
— Richard Williams (@rwilliams1947) May 25, 2020
Jimmy Cobb on timing. pic.twitter.com/rDEQ1fjaUj
— Harmony Holiday (@Harmony_Holiday) May 25, 2020
Todd Barkan is reporting the death of jazz drummer Jimmy Cobb, best known for his work on the seminal Kind of Blue album. If true, this is a devastating loss—the death of a beloved musician, but also the end of an era, as we lose the last surviving member of a historic ensemble. pic.twitter.com/0dOLFWkYO5
— Ted Gioia (@tedgioia) May 25, 2020
Welp. This is truly the end of an era. The last surviving member of #Miles’ #KindOfBlue project has passed away. The awesome Jimmy Cobb. Can’t tell you the hundreds of hours I spent shedding to his work w Miles (In… https://t.co/dwkRXJs1aw
— Hold On Be Strong (@questlove) May 25, 2020
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