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Billy Cobham


Jazz Rock/Fusion

3.75 | 92 ratings

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3 stars Cobham's follow-up to his highly acclaimed debut Spectrum is another very good album in places. It's a bit on the short side and lacks a true gem to make it excellent overall but it is sure a pleasing title for fans of moody jazz and fusion that emphasizes the 'jazz' in jazz-rock..

On half of the tracks the focal point is still Cobham's drumming, while the other musicians play second fiddle and mainly provide atmospheric texture and subtle melodies. This works out wonderfully well on tracks like Spanish Moss, Flash Flood and Crosswinds. The other songs are fine as well but rather light-weight and they tend to fade quickly to the background of my attention, making this album a good choice if you have folks around but it's not a preferred choice when I want to actually listen to music.

With a thoroughly changed cast of musicians Cobham's music has become a bit less energetic and less rocking. Instead it's more jazzy reflective. It turns out for the good on each of the individual track and it makes for quite a consistent album, but the overall result may be a bit too mellow for rock fans.

Bonnek | 3/5 |


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