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Subject: Drummer Jimmy Cobb, who had been the last surviving performer on Miles Davis' "Kind of Blue" - the best-selling jazz album of all time - at age 91 from lung cancer ....

Ed Tracey
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Date Posted: Monday, May 25, 11:15:43am

Jazz Drummer Jimmy Cobb, Who Played on Miles Davis’ ‘Kind of Blue,’ Dead at 91
Musician also worked with Wayne Shorter, John Coltrane, Cannonball Adderley

By Ryan Reed & Hank Shteamer, Rolling Stone

Jazz drummer Jimmy Cobb, best known for backing Miles Davis on a string of iconic records, including 1959’s Kind of Blue, has died from lung cancer at age 91, NPR reports.

Cobb, born in Washington D.C. in 1929, began his touring career with saxophonist Earl Bostic in 1950. This led to a cascading series of gigs with vocalist Dinah Washington, pianist Wynton Kelly, and saxophonist Cannonball Adderley.

His most famous work arrived at the end of that decade: Along with Davis’ modal, melodic masterpiece Kind of Blue — which Rolling Stone named the 12th-best album of all time — he joined the trumpeter on several other albums, including 1959’s Porgy and Bess, 1960’s Sketches of Spain, 1961’s Someday My Prince Will Come, and the 1962 live set Miles Davis at Carnegie Hall.

But Kind of Blue remains an unparalleled jazz landmark, and Cobb’s shimmering cymbal work and feather-light pulse helped the album achieve its otherworldly sense of cool.

“Miles would tell us all little things to do and then have us work off his idea,” Cobb told Billboard in 2019. “He trusted all of us because he knew we were all good musicians. He didn’t really have to do anything else but say what he wanted done. One time he tried to tell me something about playing the drums with both hands, and I turned to him said, ‘Um, let me play the drums!’ But we were good friends, so I could say things like that to him without worrying about getting fired.”

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Never an addict, Jimmy Cobb untouched by drugs -not only the last of the "unparalleled jazz landmark" Kind of Blue", but the drug-addled Jazz greats on the LP all died young, averaging about age 50. -But a BRILLIANT musical accomplishment. ...Ages...Miles Davis, 65, Bill Evans, 51, "Cannonball" Adderley, 46, John Coltrane, 40, Wynton Kelly, 39, Paul Chambers, 33 ...and old Jimmy Cobb, 91. -Sleep well.Monday, May 25, 12:48:19pm

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