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'Kind of Blue' drummer still keeping time as album turns 60

In this July 19, 2009, photo provided by Giuseppe Iazzolino, drummer Jimmy Cobb from the Jimmy Cobb Trio performs with (not seen) Massimo Faraò and Paolo Benedettini at the Peperoncino Jazz Festival, in Catrovillari, a village in Calabria, Italy. Cobb, the only surviving musician who performed on Miles Davis’ jazz masterpiece “Kind of Blue” is still keeping time as the iconic recording marks its 60th anniversary. (Giuseppe Iazzolino via AP)

The only surviving musician who performed on Miles Davis’ jazz masterpiece “Kind of Blue” is still keeping time as the recording marks its 60th anniversary.

Drummer Jimmy Cobb said he and his bandmates knew the album, released on Aug. 17, 1959, would be a hit but didn’t realize at the time how iconic the album would become. It has sold more than 4 million copies.

Cobb, who’s 90, was part of a jazz super group assembled for the album: saxophonists Cannonball Adderley and John Coltrane; pianists Bill Evans and Wynton Kelly; bassist Paul Chambers; and, of course, trumpeter Davis and drummer Cobb.

The New York-based Cobb is still playing the drums. He’ll be releasing an album later this month.

David Sharp, The Associated Press