Cozy Cole: Take It On Back
Take It On Back
Cozy Cole (drums)
1944-1945 (Classics 865)
Charlie Shavers (trumpet), Coleman Hawkins (tenor sax), Foots Thomas (alto & tenor saxes), Hank D’Amico (clarinet), Clyde Hart (piano).
Composed by Cozy Cole, Walter Thomas & Clyde Hart.
Recorded: New York, November 14, 1944
Rating: 95/100 (learn more)
The universality and collective adaptability of this rhythm section allowed its various members to entertain with Cab Calloway, impeccably support Art Tatum, and just a few years later interact with Charlie Parker and Dizzy Gillespie, quite literally creating the transition from swing to bop. On "Take It On Back," this group of 1930s Swing Era all stars joins forces on the eve of the aforementioned bebop (r)evolution to craft a pulsating, driving foundation that provides a blueprint for their success. Tiny Grimes is soulful on his 4-string baritone guitar (a fine aural link between the banjo and electric guitar), Slam Stewart's bowed/sung break popularizes the bass solo, and Cozy Cole's setups (might he have been the first to consistently set up hits?) propel the tune as only a melodic-minded drummer can.
Reviewer: Eric Novod