The Nearness of You – Arnett Cobb 1982
This clip is from a concert in Berlin in 1982 featuring the original Texas tenor saxophonists. Arnett Cobb’s solo piece Misty is accompanied by pianist Wild Bill Davis, bassist Bernard Upsom and drummer Frankie Dunlop. During some of the background riffs he is joined by Illinois Jacquet and Buddy Tate on tenor saxes.
Arnett Cobb (1918–1989)was born in Houston, Texas. He replaced Illinois Jacquet in Lionel Hampton's band in 1942, staying with Hampton until 1947.
Cobb then started his own seven-piece band, but suffered a serious illness in 1950, which necessitated spinal surgery. Although he re-formed the band on his recovery, in 1956 its success was again interrupted, this time by a car crash. This had long term effects on his health, involving periods in hospital, and making him permanently reliant on crutches; nevertheless, Cobb worked as a soloist through the 1970s and 1980s in the U.S. and Europe.