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Spectrum

Billy Cobham

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Album Review

Drummer Billy Cobham was fresh from his success with the Mahavishnu Orchestra when he recorded his debut album, which is still his best. Most of the selections showcase Cobham in a quartet with keyboardist Jan Hammer, guitarist Tommy Bolin, and electric bassist Lee Sklar. Two other numbers include Joe Farrell on flute and soprano and trumpeter Jimmy Owens with guitarist John Tropea, Hammer, bassist Ron Carter, and Ray Barretto on congas. The generally high-quality compositions (which include "Red Baron") make this fusion set a standout, a strong mixture of rock-ish rhythms and jazz improvising.

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ATLANTIC JAZZ: Great Moments In Jazz. Search by "Album" and you'll find it -- all of it.

COBHAM 101

If you're going to get any Billy Cobham disc - this should be the one. That is all......

Excellent fusion work-song missing though

Why does I-tunes sell partial albums and edited songs? Though none of these songs are edited, there is a supurb song missing from this album. -Stratus- is a part of this album and is a glaring omission from what is an outstanding album. Cobham is easily one of the top five drummers of any genre- ever. His precision and dexterity never ceases to amaze me. Any fusion, prog rock Jazz, funk lovers will love Cobham's skills.

Biography

Born: May 16, 1944 in Panama

Genre: Jazz

Years Active: '60s, '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

Generally acclaimed as fusion's greatest drummer, Billy Cobham's explosive technique powered some of the genre's most important early recordings — including groundbreaking efforts by Miles Davis and the Mahavishnu Orchestra — before he became an accomplished bandleader in his own right. At his best, Cobham harnessed his amazing dexterity into thundering, high-octane hybrids of jazz complexity and rock & roll aggression. He was capable of subtler, funkier grooves on the one hand, and...
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  • Partial Album
  • Genres: Jazz, Music, Fusion, Rock
  • Released: 1973

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