Jimmy Cobb 1929–2020

Jimmy Cobb, a legendary jazz drummer best known for his work on Miles Davis’ Kind of Blue—performed by a fabled sextet of which Cobb was the last surviving member—succumbed to lung cancer on May 24 at his home in Manhattan. He was 91.

Sure but subtle, Cobb came to Davis in 1958 having proven himself over several years in vocalist Dinah Washington’s band (which was occasionally even billed as the Jimmy Cobb Orchestra). He brought the same understated sensibility he’d used to support her vocals into a small instrumental ensemble. In this context he became a

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