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Album Review

Billy Cobham's second date as a leader was one of his better sessions. Four songs (all originals by the leader/drummer) comprise "Spanish Moss — A Sound Portrait," and, in addition, Cobham contributed three other pieces. The selections team him with guitarist John Abercrombie, both of the Brecker Brothers, trombonist Garnett Brown, keyboardist George Duke, bassist John Williams, and Latin percussionist Lee Pastora. In general, the melodies and the vamps are reasonably memorable. Cobham also takes an unaccompanied drum solo on "Storm." Worth searching for by fusion collectors.

Customer Reviews


This is a great debut album by Billy Cobham! he has the funk and soul of the time. Heather is a sweet,quiet tune followed by a jazz funk classic Crosswinds. Definitely a great collection of music from the 70's

Good but not great

Cobham and recording mates have some moments of brilliance on this album, but a few less inspired sections as well. If you like funk/fusion, this is nice album to have but not essential.

Listen to this album!

Concept albums are so good when they're done well, which is rare. This is a truely amazing record!


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 awe-inspiring...
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Crosswinds, Billy Cobham
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  • $6.93
  • Genres: Jazz, Music, Fusion
  • Released: 1974

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