Cohn On The Cob – Joe Cohn
An advanced blues head with two chords to the measure, this song is a good example of Joe Cohn's complex harmonic and melodic conception. Joe's recorded it with three different tenor saxophonists: Frank Wess, Grant Stewart and Dayna Stephens.
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- Recording: Frank Wess - Surprise! Surprise!
- Recorded on: August 7, 1993
- Label: Gemini (GMCD 84)
- Concert Key: B-flat
- Vocal Range: , to
- Style: Swing (medium up)
- Tenor Sax - Frank Wess
- Guitar - Joe Cohn
- Piano - Norman Simmons
- Bass - Lynn Seaton
- Drums - Jackie Williams
This recording begins with only tenor sax and guitar, playing the melody in unison. The drums fill in the last two measures, and the second chorus brings in the piano and bass. Everyone plays both choruses of the head out. In this version, trills are added to the ascending notes in the third and fourth measures.
Don Sickler: I think this is still Joe's only original composition. I know he felt compositionally intimidated having a great composer/arranger for his father. I hope we can inspire him to write more originals, because he is such a marvelous musician and guitarist.
He has recorded Cohn On The Cob three times himself. It is tricky to play, but well worth the effort to learn.
born on December 28, 1956
The son of saxophonist/composer Al Cohn, Joe is well known as man who can play anything on the guitar. If it's impossible, he'll do it anyway. Heralded by Pat Metheny as an "unbelievable improviser" "able to keep ideas going and flowing" and turn "sentences into paragraphs and paragraphs into stories," his apparent virtuosity is complemented by a sensitivity to the narrative qualities of music. Read more...