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Billy Cobham


Jazz Rock/Fusion

4.28 | 556 ratings

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5 stars The most influential fusion drummer's album and a great but very ambitions start for any drummer. Incredible drumming versatility and ferocity, muscular bass, fantastic guitar solo and a decent keyboard accompaniment by the keyboard start Jan Hammer. The first song is a hymn to the rock'n'roll furious fusion high-temperature cooking with drums and guitar taking the lead. Notice the unusually ferocious bass drums and guitar solo licks. Fantastic drum solo brings is into "Spectrum" with a typical fusion feeling marked by typical busy Cobham drumming and instrumental contributions by brass and keyboard players. Drums are very distinct in the mix sometimes even echoed. Billy is very creative and always chooses different fills or textures to follow. This is the best overall fusion track on the record. "Taurian Matador" showcases Cobham's soloing abilities. It sounds close to Mahavishnu Orchestra, all players having enough possibilities to stretch. "Stratus" is the most known track due to the bass line - has been reproduced many times since. It has a laid-back and friendly feeling that usually feels from usual Mahavishnu Orchestra compositions. This track is very consumable even by non-fusion but still open fans. Similar holds for a slightly more experimental "Red Baron" A must have record for any fusion or progressive-driven fan.
sgtpepper | 5/5 |


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