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Arnett Paints With Red

15 JUL 09 CHRIS SLAWECKI

Listen to Arnett Cobb weave through "Sweet Georgia Brown" and it's easy to hear how his tenor saxophone stylistically and chronically bridged the generation gap between traditional big band saxophonists such as Illinois Jacquet (whose chair Cobb assumed in the legendary Lionel Hampton Orchestra) and modern players such as Sonny Rollins. Blue And Sentimental compiles two previously standalone titles so it comes in two parts, the first one for dancing and the second for romancing. More importantly, it presents the sound of Cobb discovering a musical soulmate in versatile pianist Red Garland, whose trio provides the rhythmic pulse behind Cobb's big, bad, and mighty tenor.

Arnett and Red team up to paint the tenorman's tune "Blue Sermon" in dirty but brilliant blues, with Garland strumming blues bass and guitar chords on his piano at the end of his solo. The pair bounces through "Georgia on My Mind" on floating clouds of hot and cool blue, and Cobb has a honkin' good time in his own 'Sizzlin'," too. Most of the ballads are familiar standards. "The Way You Look Tonight" simmers nicely, Cobb's rhythmic approach prunes "Willow Weep for Me" into a hip-shaking twister and "Hurry Home" meanders through more contemplative moods.

You can also hear Arnett Cobb's Texas tenor stomp through the sax summit Very Saxy as well as his own titles (in the Digital Only section) Party Time, More Party Time and Movin' Right Along, all still available in the Prestige/Original Jazz Classics catalog.

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