Al Cohn

Label: Timeless Jazz Legacy
Format: CD
Barcode: 0608917450521
Catalog number: TJL 74505
Releasedate: 01-10-10
Al Cohn, an important tenor-saxophonist since the late 1940s, made one of his final great recordings on 1988's Rifftide, matching wits and ideas with an impressive Dutch rhythm section on a set of swinging standards and two originals.
  • Al Cohn, a famous and influential tenor-saxophonist and arranger, was one of the major names in jazz from the late 1940s until his death in 1988.
  • While he originally came to fame displaying a “cool jazz” tone on tenor, late in life, Cohn's tone became harder and more distinctive.
  • Rifftide, one of Cohn's final recordings, teams him with a top-notch Dutch rhythm section that includes the superlative pianist Rein de Graaff.
  • This spirited set features Al Cohn on six of his favorite standards plus two of his originals, sounding at his very best.
Al Cohn tenor saxophone
Rein de Graaff piano
Koos Serierse bass
Eric Ineke drums

Recorded at Studio 44, Monster, Holland, June 6, 1987
Al Cohn (1925-1988) was greatly admired by his fellow musicians throughout his life, and for good reason. A true professional, Cohn was very consistent and creative in both his playing and his arranging-composing. He began his career playing with such bands as those led by Joe Marsala (in 1943), Georgie Auld, Boyd Raeburn, Alvino Rey, and Buddy Rich. He was with Woody Herman's Second Herd during 1948-49, impressing many with his boppish arrangements, and also with Artie Shaw's bop orchestra of 1949.
The 1950s were a very busy time for Cohn, both as a freelance player and as an arranger. In addition, in 1956 he formed the first of many quintets with fellow tenor Zoot Sims. While Cohn did not play that much for a period in the 1960s and '70s when he was mostly working as a writer, by the mid-1970s he was active again. His tone became darker and more distinctive during the five years before his death in 1988.