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Billy Cobham, born May 16, 1944 in Panama, is one of the world’s most influential drummers, best known for his jazz fusion in the 1970s, with John McLaughlin’s Mahavishnu Orchestra, where he pioneered a powerful style of drumming with jazz, rock and funk influences.

He is the first drummer to unseat Buddy Rich in the Down Beat music polls.

Cobham has played and recorded with hundreds of top musicians, including Miles Davis, Freddie Hubbard, Larry Coryell, and Horace… read more

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  • Avatar for TuneBlendR
    Don't think there would many arguments... but there are SO MANY genres and Incredible drummers in each respective one... Give Sly Dunbar or Neil Peart a good listen...
  • Avatar for BJBooth
    I would go as far as saying Billy Cobham is the greatest living drummer. Being able to keep up with the likes of John McLaughlin and Miles Davis puts you in an entirely different class. I would compare him to Eleventh House's Alphonze Mouzon which is another double-set drummer in his own class.
  • Avatar for pteronophobic
    Possibly my favorite drummer (along with Rashied Ali). He claimed to experience astral projections while performing onstage with Mahavishnu, that should tell you how much of a beast this guy is. Definitely the best drummer in fusion.
  • Avatar for onthewall2983 Billy on returning to playing Tama. Not a drummer by any means, but this is cool considering he was one of the first big names to endorse them.
  • Avatar for Slim_rafa
    bicho bom da péste
  • Avatar for MusicMagic77
    >> Listen [url=]Orrenmaa Band[/url] too!
  • Avatar for rsvb
    New album : Compass Point
  • Avatar for Neue_regel_
    "best known for his jazz fusion in the 1970s, with John McLaughlin’s Mahavishnu Orchestra". Respect for this, to Billy
  • Avatar for dequarus
    "Spectrum" (1973): Jazz-fusion con toques funk, rock, blues, ciertos matices soul, velocidad vertiginosa, humor, inteligencia, virtuosismo, con Tommy Bolin tocando una guitarra sintetizada, piano eléctrico y moog de Jan Hammer, vientos, toques prog de flauta, solos de batería inimitables... Disco imprescindible.
  • Avatar for Hobo_Tramp
    "A funky thide of sings" is awesome!

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