Call Cobbs, Jr.
Life and work
Ben Webster moved Cobbs and Kenny Clarke in 1937 to go to New York, where Cobbs made with Clarke and his step-brother, bassist Frank Spearman, a trio that worked in Harlem. As Cobb worked as a secretary and leader for blind Art Tatum, the trio broke up. Later he accompanied Billie Holiday and replaced Hampton Hawes in the band of Wardell Gray. Cobbs played in big bands and was a 1954 tape of Johnny Hodges, as well as John Coltrane, with whom he also played in the combo.
Between 1964 and 1970 he was intermittently to the group of Albert Ayler whose music director he was part. In 1967 he played with him at the Montreal Jazz Festival. With Ayler he joined in 1970 in France. The blues and gospel -oriented style Cobbs and used by him spinet tones on the electronic Rocksichord formed a contrast to the free jazz Ayler, the critic Henry Kuntz similarly attractive as the game of Fred Van Hove in the trio was with Peter Brötzmann and Han Bennink. Cobbs died after a car had hit him in the Bronx.
Disco Graphical Notes
- Jack McVea Two Timin 'Baby. Juke Box Lil
- Jimmy Rushing 1946-1953. Jazz Classics
- Johnny Hodges The Jeep is Jumpin ' (1954 )
- John Coltrane First Giant Steps. Rare Live Recordings
- Albert Ayler Spirits Rejoice. Esp -Disk ( 1965)
- Albert Ayler Love Cry. Pulses ( 1967)
- Albert Ayler New Grass. Pulses ( 1968)
- Albert Ayler Nuits de la Fondation Maeght, Vol 1 (1970 )