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Billy Cobham


Jazz Rock/Fusion

4.30 | 427 ratings

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5 stars Billy Cobham, after a stunning career playing with a number of jazz giants, most notably Miles Davis, began his solo career by creating one of the best jazz/rock fusion albums of all time. The album, more than any I know of, perfectly straddles the line between jazz and rock, without ever venturing completely over to either side.

This disk contains two of the coolest fusion tunes ever created, "Spectrum" and "Stratus". Both of these tunes, fueled by driving rhythm sections, feature fine melodic sections, fantastic solos, and of course, some of the most amazing drumming you'll ever hear.

And while we're on the subject of drumming. Usually, drums solos on any recording are a point of boredom. Not so here. While there are drum solos interspersed throughout the album, they are all very short, each under two minutes, and extremely amazing.

Even the laid back "Le Lis" is just too cool for words.

And Jan Hammer, keyboardist on Jeff beck's best recordings, just flies high here.

I cannot recommend this album any higher.

Evolver | 5/5 |


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