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SPECTRUM

Billy Cobham

 

Jazz Rock/Fusion

4.32 | 356 ratings

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snobb
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4 stars Billy Cobham's solo debut happily is different from his previous job in Mahavishnu Orchestra. More funky energetic jazz rock, based on Cobham's excellent drumming techniques and great Jan Hammer electric keyboards playing. Third soloing artist there is future Deep Purple guitarist Tommy Bolin, which is competent, but hardly more.

With characteristic to early 70-s fusion sound, this album is really well played and enjoying. Billy demonstrates his great techniques, but in combination with great keys album's sound doesn't become more techniques demonstration, than music ( the problem, very usual for Billy's later works). Some compositions sound really heavy and are more jazz rock, than fusion (Bolin never was good jazz guitarist). The main album's problem in my opinion is there are not great compositions on it. Interesting and really pleasant listening, but not memorable music at all.

Possibly the best Cobham's solo album ever, this release is one of important moments from jazz fusion golden age. If you're interested in jazz fusion, you just need to listen this album.

snobb | 4/5 |

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