Billy Cobham – Spectrum (1973/2001)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/96 kHz | Time – 37:42 minutes | 724 MB | Genre: Jazz Fusion, Jazz Rock
Studio Masters, Official Digital Download | Front Cover | © Rhino Atlantic
One of the most important albums of the jazz-funk genre, 1973’s Spectrum shows legendary drummer Billy Cobham—a veteran of groundbreaking fusion albums by Miles Davis and Weather Report—at a creative peak. Joined by keyboardist Jan Hammer (of Mahavishnu Orchestra), guitarist Tommy Bolin, and bassist Lee Sklar, Cobham delivers a hard-grooving, sophisticated performance that stands among the era’s best fusion recordings.
Drummer Billy Cobham was fresh from his success with the Mahavishnu Orchestra when he recorded his debut album, which is still his best. Most of the selections showcase Cobham in a quartet with keyboardist Jan Hammer, guitarist Tommy Bolin, and electric bassist Lee Sklar. Two other numbers include Joe Farrell on flute and soprano and trumpeter Jimmy Owens with guitarist John Tropea, Hammer, bassist Ron Carter, and Ray Barretto on congas. The generally high-quality compositions (which include “Red Baron”) make this fusion set a standout, a strong mixture of rock-ish rhythms and jazz improvising.
1. Billy Cobham – Quadrant 4 (04:29)
2. Billy Cobham – (A) Searching For The Right Door – (B) Spectrum (06:36)
3. Billy Cobham – (A) Anxiety – (B) Taurian Matador (04:48)
4. Billy Cobham – Stratus (09:53)
5. Billy Cobham – (A) To The Women In My Life – (B) Le Lis (04:14)
6. Billy Cobham – (A) Snoopy’S Search – (B) Red Baron (07:40)