Jimmy Cobb

So Nobody Else Can Hear

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This album has had a checkered history. Initially issued on the European label Contempo Vibrato, it was then promoted by Eleana Tee, the widow of a major influence on modern jazz, organist Richard Tee. This release adds three cuts to the original LP. Kicking off with introductory patter between Bill Cosby and leader Jimmy Cobb, the set offers a play list of nine songs and brings together a mélange of musicians who perform a mix of jazz (modern and mainstream), soul, and rock. Gregory Hines and Freddie Hubbard are assigned the most prominent roles, Hines as a vocalist and with his tap dancing. Some of the others, such as David Liebman, are hard to locate. Hines and Marilyn Redfield join for a jazzy, soulful version of "So Nobody Else Can Hear." This is contrasted with a dreamy, sometimes eerie, version of Bill Evans' "Remembering the Rain," to which Eleana Tee has added lyrics delivered by Redfield. With his pure, free timbre and persuasive obbligatos, Hubbard makes a potent contribution on this cut. Redfield and Hubbard also get together on another Tee product, a poetic "Spotlight." One of the added tracks, "Cute," has Hines putting on his dancing shoes for frenetic tapping on top of Cobb's rapid drumming, before Larry Willis comes in to do the melody. This one is breathtaking. There are a few occasional distractions. There are mike problems on a cut or two. Cobb counts off the beat on "Four More Blues," which gives every indication that it will be the album's swinger. Yet the track ends abruptly after about 45 seconds. But these intermittent digressions should not prevent a strong effort to locate this classic session, if for no other reason than the enduring Hubbard trumpet.

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