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Billy Cobham


Jazz Rock/Fusion

3.72 | 53 ratings

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3 stars After the mellow and jazzy Crosswinds, Cobham returned to slightly more energetic fusion. The album isn't nearly as strong as the debut but it's a fun listen and a recommended Cobham album for rock audiences.

The opening four part suite Solarisation - Second Phase - Crescent Sun - Voyage - Recapitulation is one of the highlights. It hits the floor running with a dense and frantic intro that creates a threatening atmosphere reminding me of Magma. It gives way to a classic jazz piano piece, quite a contrast. The third section is mellow lounge jazz fusion, with a cool rhythm and thick in smoky atmosphere. The closing part is more energetic again with hyper-active drumming that would be literally copied in the 90s by the drum&bass techno acts. Check early Squarepusher.

The remaining tracks offer a variety of groove, funk, lounge and jazz. Highlights include the title track with its catchy trumpet melodies and virtuoso piano soloing. Also Moon Germs is an infectious track, with both dance and air guitar potential. The lengthy Sea of Tranquillity is another interesting piece, with a heavily syncopated funk rhythm and a fine mix of melody and relaxed soloing.

Bonnek | 3/5 |


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