JazzTimes - 11/03, p.116
"Cobb is unquestionably the man in charge here, his subtle pulse steering the direction of each tune. With its mix of standards and thoughtful, side-men-penned compositions, this album shows how 'ahead' straightahead can be."
Jimmy Cobb's Mob: Jimmy Cobb (drums); Richard Wyands (piano); Peter Bernstien (guitar); John Webber (bass).
Additional personnel: Eric Alexander (tenor saxophone).
Includes liner notes by Ira Gitler.
Personnel: Jimmy Cobb (drums); Peter Bernstein (guitar); Eric Alexander (tenor saxophone); Richard Wyands (piano).
Audio Mixer: David Luke.
Liner Note Author: Ira Gitler.
Recording information: The Studio, New York, NY (01/05/2003).
Photographer: John Abbott .
The nucleus of Cobb's Mob formed while veteran drummer Jimmy Cobb was teaching at the New School. This 2003 studio session features two charter members, guitarist Peter Bernstein and the leader, along with seasoned pianist Richard Wyands, bassist John Webber, and special guest Eric Alexander on tenor sax. Five of the nine tracks are originals contributed by members of the band, starting with "Cobb's Groove," a bluesy hard bop masterpiece by the drummer that stimulates a number of great solos. Wyands' lush ballad "Willow Tree" showcases Alexander's warm tenor. Bernstein wrote three songs, including the turbulent "Jet Stream," the sauntering "Minor Changes," and the funky strut "Bobblehead." Webber's booming bass introduces a delicious take of the standard "Sweet and Lovely," while the subtle treatment of Henry Mancini's lovely ballad "Moment to Moment" adds a slight Latin flavor. Throughout the date the musicians interact rather than just react, with Cobb's just-right percussion holding it all together perfectly. ~ Ken Dryden