Half Notes: Evan Cobb – Falling Up (2011)

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Evan Cobb’s sleekly confident Falling Up, set for release on Nov. 29, punches a gaping hole in the old saw about educators. You know the one that goes: “Those who can, do; those who can not, teach.” That’s perhaps best heard on “Eastern Bell Feel,” a hip update of the standard “Cherokee,” as this Nashville, Tenn.-based musician and educator leads a smart group of collaborators through a convoluted but ever-swinging rhythmic journey. Cobb, who apprenticed under Eric Alexander and Jon Faddis, brings a similar compact certitude to each of the songs here, this feeling that the base of each has been carefully considered. And for good reason: Six of the eight tracks on Falling Up were written for Cobb’s monthly jam session at the Nashville Jazz Workshop. Cobb would compose the tune with that month’s special guest in mind, then workshop the tune up to and then through the performance. From that strong foundation, Cobb and Co. then apply a series of dynamic, sharply creative solos — rising like fattening thunder or a skittering bolt of lightning overhead. An impressive straight-ahead session.

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Falling Up features special guest Jeff Coffin, of the Dave Matthews Band and Bela Fleck and the Flecktones, as well as Nashville performers like bassist Jonathan Wires, drummer Joshua Hunt and trumpeter Matt White. Coffin appears on “Mahdernism” and “Crescent City Ditty.” ‘Half Notes’ are quick-take thoughts on music from Something Else! Reviews, presented whenever the mood strikes us.

Nick DeRiso

Nick DeRiso

Nick DeRiso has written for USA Today, American Songwriter, All About Jazz, and a host of others. Honored as columnist of the year five times by the Associated Press, Louisiana Press Association and Louisiana Sports Writers Association, he oversaw a daily section named Top 10 in the U.S. by the AP before co-founding Something Else! Nick is now associate editor of Ultimate Classic Rock.
Nick DeRiso
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