Arnett Cobb made his name with Lionel Hampton’s big band; his growling sound could fill a room. He put out a bunch of classic soulful sessions on Prestige from 59-60 that are the epitome of a sax version of chili con carne. Meaty and chunky, the 1960 “More Party Time” has Cobb with Tommy Flanagan/p, Sam Jones/b Danny Barrajanus/congas and Art Taylor/dr slapping the sauce on tunes like the gospel classic “Down By The Riverside.” That tune alone will get you back on track with The Lord, when it’s done by these guys. “Blue Lou” cooks along like a primped up 57 Chevy.
In his notes for More Party Time, LeRoi Jones calls Arnett Cobb "an old swinging work horse stomper." That is a fair description of a tenor saxophonist who came roaring out of Texas in 1942 to replace Illinois Jacquet in Lionel Hampton's band and for five years played arsonist solos with Hampton before establishing a swinging group of his own. Here, in one of his most popular albums, Cobb surrounds himself with younger men who established their credentials in the late Fifties as leading players on the New York jazz scene. Tommy Flanagan is the pianist on most tracks, with Bobby Timmons on one. Sam Jones and Arthur Taylor are the bassist and drummer. The repertoire includes standard songs, a gospel number, and an archetypal Cobb blues. To all of them he brings the expansiveness of his tone and spacious Southwest style.
with Tommy Flanagan, Bobby Timmons, Sam Jones, Arthur Taylor, Danny Barrajanos, Buck Clarke