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‘Kind of Blue’ drummer still keeping time as album turns 60

(AP) — The only surviving musician who performed on Miles Davis’ jazz masterpiece “Kind of Blue” is still keeping time as the recording marks its 60th anniversary.

Drummer Jimmy Cobb said he and his bandmates knew the album, released on Aug. 17, 1959, would be a hit but didn’t realize at the time how iconic the album would become. It has sold more than 4 million copies.

The “Kind of Blue” album cover is on display at Bull Moose record store in Portland, Maine, Saturday, Aug. 17, 2019 on the 60th anniversary of the album’s release. Drummer Jimmy Cobb, the only surviving musician who performed on Miles Davis’ jazz masterpiece “Kind of Blue,” is still keeping time as the iconic recording marks its 60th anniversary. (AP Photo/David Sharp)

 

Cobb, who’s 90, was part of a jazz super group assembled for the album: saxophonists Cannonball Adderley and John Coltrane; pianists Bill Evans and Wynton Kelly; bassist Paul Chambers; and, of course, trumpeter Davis and drummer Cobb.

The New York-based Cobb is still playing the drums. He’ll be releasing an album later this month.


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