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Billy Cobham

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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 Silver; and is famous for his explosive, fast, spectacular playing.

He has been sampled, most famously by Massive Attack in their tune “Safe from Harm”, centered on the beat and bassline of Cobham’s “Stratus”, from his debut album Spectrum, as well as on Souls of Mischief’s “93 Til Infinity” from the song “Heather” on his album “Crosswinds.”

Fans of Cobham’s should check out the “Spectrum” lp featuring Tommy Bolin (of Deep Purple, James Gang and Zephyr fame) on lead guitar.

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  • Slim_rafa

    bicho bom da péste

    25 Dec 2013 Reply
  • MusicMagic77

    >> Listen Orrenmaa Band too!

    27 Oct 2013 Reply
  • rsvb

    New album : Compass Point

    23 Sep 2013 Reply
  • Neue_regel_

    "best known for his jazz fusion in the 1970s, with John McLaughlin’s Mahavishnu Orchestra". Respect for this, to Billy

    21 Sep 2013 Reply
  • 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.

    11 Jun 2013 Reply
  • Hobo_Tramp

    "A funky thide of sings" is awesome!

    27 Dec 2012 Reply
  • Chromaticity1

    I saw him perform live 4 years ago. Easily one of the best drummers I have ever heard.

    5 Aug 2012 Reply
  • JazzCaravan

    Funky YEAH

    18 Mar 2012 Reply
  • heedstoone

    Beast!

    9 Jan 2012 Reply
  • bashlichev

    Black Jesus

    29 Oct 2011 Reply
  • Firstlittlejo

    Give the drummer some!

    30 Jul 2011 Reply
  • pone2none

    great props for this awesome dynamic drummer!!!

    17 Jun 2011 Reply
  • Assedor

    Billy is the greatest drummer of musical Olympus. His contribution to the musical legacy can not be overstated

    7 Jun 2011 Reply
  • mozes_kriebel

    Hmm It is such a shame a lot of his tracks are spoiled by trumpets or other instruments who are way too shrill at some points:(. Did he also make more music with piano for example, or with less shrill/high used instruments?

    11 Feb 2011 Reply
  • Firstlittlejo

    I have to correct myself please forgive Stanley Clarke live at the Greek unbelievable. Heard he was at NAM this year and residing in Switzerland. Wish you all the best Billy!!!

    31 Jan 2011 Reply
  • Quadropheni

    Real Genius Of Drums

    11 Dec 2010 Reply
  • jwcross

    I've been listening to Billy C. for over 20 years. I saw him at the Philedelphia Spectrum a long time ago when 'Spectrum' came out. He was strapped in a chair spinning around and upside down while he drummed to 'Quadrant' 4'. It was freakin unbeleivable! I've turned alot of people on to him. I have just about everything he's done and been involved in. I first heard him in the early 70's and still think he's the best. I hate it when some people tell me they've never heard of him. I actually met him momentarily with a friend who had back stage passes. My buddy asked him for some drumsticks and Billy said "no, wait for Thanksgiving and take them from a turkey" Hah! My buddy was pissed! A true living legend! Jimmy C.

    28 Nov 2010 Reply
  • Firstlittlejo

    Goodbye Porkpie Hat on Stanley Jordan Live at the Greek.

    6 Nov 2010 Reply
  • optimistic_tour

    I think Inner Conflicts is measurably improved by staring at the image on the sleeve while listening...

    11 Oct 2010 Reply
  • mozes_kriebel

    This dude is amazing. I heard one song (Rush hour, with George Duke) and I´m totally in love with his style. If i´d like to find more of his music, where should I start? Please leave a shout at my profile if you have suggestions:)

    6 Oct 2010 Reply
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