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SHABAZZ

Billy Cobham

 

Jazz Rock/Fusion

3.96 | 32 ratings

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sgtpepper
4 stars The best live performance by Billy Cobham - all performances are motivated, precise and filled with energy. The two new tracks are focused around drums, "Shabazz" being more of a band effort then "Tenth Pinn". The brass section sounds more live than on any of BH studio albums and shows also more presence. The first and foremost purpose here is a jam feeling - instead of playing by notes, improvisation is highlighted.

Good old times are remembered with "Taurian Matador" with frenetic guitar runs, drum patterns. Wait for the masterful clavinet solo in the middle of the track that flows into Fender Rhodes improvisation. "Red Baron" is the only laid-back grooving track - sounds better live than on the studio album. "Tenth PInn" is by its discohesiveness not too far away from Miles Davis late 60's output - experimental, searching and ear-provoking. This track is an acquired taste for patient and depth-looking listeners. A great live record with fusion in the centerfield unlike later live albums.

sgtpepper | 4/5 |

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