Jimmy Cobb is one of our country’s drumming treasures and heroes. He recorded the legendary Kind Of Blue with Miles Davis in 1959, and now, more than 50 years later, is still going strong! If you are having problems comping in the “jazz language,” just listen to and study Jimmy Cobb. It’s all there! I recommend studying his time feel, cymbal beat, and soloing.
Here are some exercises to practice figures in the style of Jimmy’s comping. Exs. 1–8 are single-measure phrases, followed by an eight-measure phrase. For further study, please listen to his many classic recordings, and play along. I particularly love anything he played with guitarist Wes Montgomery, especially the recording Boss Guitar. Thank you, Jimmy, for so many years of inspiration!