Billy Cobham is perhaps the most sought-after drummer in the jazz fusion community. After honing his chops on the traps in Horace Silver's group, Cobham went on to play with Miles Davis on the trumpeter's incredibly influential album IN A SILENT WAY and BITCHES BREW, and eventually joined Mahavishnu Orchestra, where his technically dazzling approach--simultaneously fluid and frenetic--became one of the cornerstones of the Orchestra's jazz/rock/funk hybrid. Cobham went on to play in and lead various ensembles featuring numerous other pop, jazz, and rock luminaries well into the 2000s.
DISC 1 for Spectrum (CD) Album
By Billy Cobham (Artist)
No Description Available No Track Information Available Media Type: CD Artist: COBHAM,BILLY Title: SPECTRUM Street Release Date: 02/25/1992 Domestic Genre: JAZZ
Cobham's first album as a leader, in 1973--a jazz-rock classic. As on his slightly earlier outings with Mahavishnu Orchestra, Cobham dazzles with rapid-fire pyrotechnics. But, listening carefully, he also does his job of rhythmic support--for this, he calls on his roots in drum-corps and Latin timbale drumming. His compositions here set fire to a stunningly tight band. The scowling, scurrying, skirmishing performance by the late rock-guitar ace, Tommy Bolin, is particularly memorable. He merges beautifully with Cobham's Mahavishnu bandmate, Jan Hammer (Moog/keyboards), who eggs Bolin on with warp-speed synthesized guitar sounds. The band was just as involved rhythmically as McLaughlin's, but had a gritty rapid-transit flavor where Mahavishnu was in spiritual quest. --Peter Monaghan
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