无师自通的爵士大师Jimmy Cobb，可说是爵士史上最伟大的鼓手之一，除了曾与Miles Davis、John Coltrane这两位巨人录下不少公认为爵士史经典的专辑外，也与Billie Holiday、Dinah Washington、Sarah Vaughan 等传奇女伶合作过，更别提Stan Getz、Cannonball Adderley、Dizzy Gillespie、Wes Montgomery、Bill Evans等大师，儼然是当世爵士史的”活化石”！继07年与Chesky合作的大碟” Cobb’s Corner”后，Jimmy Cobb更动了四重奏的组合，换上吉他手Russell Malone与贝斯手John Webber，而小号手仍旧是当代的翘楚Roy Hargrove，向自己曾参与的Miles Davis经典”Kind of Blue”致敬，老将新秀的合作除了传承之餘，更增添时代新兴味，也成就出大师毕生最亲和平易、容易聆赏的一张作品，Chesky照例以最优异的品质纪录下这历史一刻！
What a totally delightful laid-back jazz quartet outing! No free jazz, no unwhistlable tunes, no overpowering drums (in spite of Cobb being the leader) - just ten mostly ballads, played in a super-relaxed fashion and reproduced with a realism in hi-res surround that fulfills the label’s slogan of “You can hear the difference.” Right up my alley.
Cobb and the producers selected mostly standards that they thought Hargrove would like to play and would sound good playing. They’re also not the same tunes we seem to be hearing over and over on so many jazz releases. Hargrove is a terrific trumpeter and never strains for effect; he is ably supported by guitarist Malone. One never misses the presence of a piano in the band. There are two tunes in ¾ time: Billy Preston’s With You I’m Born Again, and Johnny Mandel’s Emily. Hargrove really shines on the rather serious treatment of Stairway to the Stars, and the tempo is picked up considerably for I Had the Craziest Dream.
Chesky’s surround offers often astonishing presence and realism, with the players obviously performing in a very natural slightly-reverberant space (a church in NYC). The effect is quite a contrast from the usual studio recording, with each player cordoned off behind soundproofed partitions and wearing headphones. That may be OK for the typical overly-compressed, unnaturally boosted solo pickups of instruments heard on most two-channel jazz and pop recordings, but it would ruin the very natural spatial relationship of the performers on this hi-res surround disc. Chesky includes a diagram of where the four players and the Soundfield mike are located, like many Japanese audiophile discs. I got a kick out of their note that one may hear Hargrove’s trumpet changing places from track to track because sometimes he just felt like moving around.
Another audio aspect to the success of this session is Cobbs’ use of only brushes on nearly every track. The 80-year-old drummer is one of the very few in the biz who plays the drums like a real musical instrument and not a noisemaker.
TrackList: Every Time We Say Goodbye, With You I’m Born Again, I’ll Still Be In Love with You, Emily, Stairway to the Stars, I Had the Craziest Dream, Remembering U, What Will I Do?, If Ever I Would Leave You, We’ll Be Together Again
- John Henry
Editor: Nicholas Prout.
Personnel: Jimmy Cobb (drums); Russell Malone (guitar); Roy Hargrove (trumpet, flugelhorn).
Liner Note Authors: David Chesky; Norman Chesky; Bill Milkowski.
01. Every Time We Say Goodbye
02. With You I m Born Again
03. I ll Still Be In Love With You
05. Stairway to the Stars
06. I Had the Craziest Dream
07. Remembering U
08. What Will I Do
09. If Ever I Would Leave You
10. We ll Be Together Again