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Jesse Cobb - Solitude

By Mandolin Cafe
October 22, 2013 - 7:00 pm

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Jesse Cobb - Solitude

Jesse Cobb - Solitude

Jesse Cobb, one of the most-respected bluegrass mandolin players on the scene today, will release Solitude, a newly-recorded solo mandolin project November 12, 2013.

Cobb's first solo release will feature his performances on eleven tracks, including original compositions and well-known favorites.

"I didn't necessarily mean for this to be an album," explains Cobb. "I went in to record some tunes this spring ahead of teaching at the Sore Fingers music camp in the UK. The more I listened and spoke with the engineer, Mark Lalama, the more I became convinced that it would be adventurous to put out such raw, live recordings as a full-on project.

"I have been working on some full-band tracks and was trying to find a way to incorporate some of these tracks when I decided to let this be a standalone project."

Cobb has a long list of performing and recording credits, including helping to found the Infamous Stringdusters. Since leaving the Stringdusters two years ago, Cobb has also toured with his brother Shad, Noam Pikelny and Friends, The Gibson Brothers, served as an instructor at Sore Fingers and the Mandolin Symposium and has worked to find his voice as a solo artist.

Solitude shows off Cobb's impressive mandolin chops on old favorites like Grey Eagle and Big Mon, but the album's intimate feel is best demonstrated on slower selections like the original title track and Ashokan Farewell.

"I wanted this recording to feel as if we were sitting together in your living room for a private concert," says Cobb. "I want the listener to feel the energy of someone just playing the mandolin without any fear or concern, and to convey a carefree attitude from a person who is comfortable letting the little imperfections go and not over analyzing and fixing every little buzz or chair squeak. The album is what it is, live music being made in real time, without any second chances. I also hope my personality, the guy who's a bit rough around the edges, sentimental and a bit lonely sometimes, with a kind heart and great respect for the gift of music that's been bestowed upon him, comes through the speakers."

Although the official release of Solitude is November 12, 2013, Cobb will have copies with him on his tours with Bela Fleck's NY Banjo Summit Tour as well as on his tour with Noam Pikelny, Luke Bulla, Barry Bales and Bryan Sutton in October and November.

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mandolino maximus
October 24, 2013 10:09 PM
Picked one up at the concert last night. I've been a fan since I first heard him playing 40 West in 2007, but now I'm re-enthused.

Very good mandolin work and a very enjoyable recording. I don't see too many solo mandolin albums and fewer that leave you ready for a 12th track after the final 11th track. Jesse's talent for writing and melodic interpretation completes the package. There may be some chair squeaks, but the sound is great. There's definitely room in the line-up for this one.

All I want to know is what took Jesse so long.
October 29, 2013 10:09 AM
What a good man Jesse is for putting this out. Great picking and such a bonus for any picker who wishes they could play just a little more like him and understand how he approaches these old fiddle tunes.
MK in NC
November 01, 2013 01:11 PM
Quote from mandolino maximus: Very good mandolin work and a very enjoyable recording. I don't see too many solo mandolin albums and fewer that leave you ready for a 12th track after the final 11th track. End Quote

Ditto. The disc is quite impressive.

The video below is posted in another thread, but those thinking of purchasing the new album might appreciate seeing and hearing Jesse and a couple of friends/fans jamming after last weekend's show in Durham, N.C.

November 01, 2013 06:07 PM
Very nice, I saw them last week and they were great!
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