Billy Cobham- Spectrum

Billy Cobham- Spectrum

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Label: Friday Music

Released 1973, reissued 2022

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 solo improvisations on the other; in fact, his technical virtuosity was such that his flash could sometimes overwhelm his music. After debuting as a leader with the classic Spectrum in 1973, COBHAM spent most of fusion's glory days recording for Atlantic; briefer stints on CBS, Elektra, and GRP followed, and by the mid-'80s, COBHAM was de-emphasizing his own bands in favor of session and sideman work. Even so, he continued to record for various small labels with some regularity.

Track Listing:

  1. Quadrant 4
  2. Searching for the Right Door
  3. Spectrum
  4. Anxiety
  5. Taurian Matador
  6. Stratus
  7. To the Women in My Life
  8. Le Lis
  9. Snoopy's Search
  10.  Red Baron