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4 Generations of Miles

Jimmy Cobb

Imagine Trane squaring off against John McLaughlin in a quartet setting, and you can grasp the tension and excitement of this summit meeting. None of these four Miles Davis alumni were ever classmates in the same Davis group, but all are distinguished grads of that most prestigious small college in jazz.

The age span between drummer Jimmy Cobb and guitarist Mike Stern is 24 years, a little wider than the lapse between the year Cobb replaced Philly Joe Jones (1958) and Stern joined Miles’ comeback band (1981). In between these unlikely collaborators, who participated in a “4 Generations of Miles” tribute further uptown at the Makor Club in May 2002, are bassist extraordinaire Buster Williams, who matriculated with Miles in 1967, and alto sax giant Sonny Fortune, Class of 1975. They’ve replaced Ron Carter and George Coleman, whose exploits at the Makor can still be scrutinized on a Chesky CD.

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