Chicago: The Living Legends

Junie C. Cobb And His New Hometown Band

Chicago The Living Legends OJCCD 1825 2
  • CAT # OJCCD-1825-2

    1. Swing Your Hurdy Gurdy 3:58
    2. Belligerent Blues 6:25
    3. Once Or Twice 4:25
    4. I'm Gonna Have You 3:46
    5. Mister Blue 3:34
    6. Just Squeeze Me (But Don't Tease Me) 6:15
    7. Be Mine 5:04
    8. Just Because Of You 4:52

In 1926, with Warren G. Harding in the White House and a year before Babe Ruth's 60 homers and Charles Lindbergh's trans-Atlantic solo flight, Junie C. Cobb's Hometown Band made their first recordings. On those sides, Cobb (1898-1970) played the clarinet; on subsequent 78s made in the Twenties and Thirties Cobb was heard on alto and tenor saxophones. For this winning 1961 album, however, Cobb returned to his original instrument, the piano. He also wrote seven of the eight titles herein, leading the seven-piece New Hometown Band (plus featured vocalist Annabelle Calhoun). The music at times harks back to the golden era of Cobb's friend and colleague Jelly Roll Morton, but as producer Chris Albertson points out in his liner notes, "Mr. Cobb is a highly individualistic man."

with Fortunatus "Fip" Ricard, Harlen "Booby" Floyd, Leon Washington, Ikey "Banjo Ike" Robinson, Walter "Chippy" Hill, Red Saunders, Annabelle Calhoun

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