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Billy Cobham: Rhythm Is A Sonic Mirror

Walter Kolosky By

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AAJ: During the four long years of this endeavor, was there a particular event that stood out for you more than others, that still stays with you?

BC: The time spent with my father. It was the last time we spent together before he died.



[Note: In fact, sadly, Cobham's mother recently passed away as well. Both his parents appear in the film. Cobham's dad was a pianist, and had given his son his first paying gig at age eight. His mother had been supportive since beat one. So to Cobham, Sonic Mirror reflects the sights, sounds and memories of his own life's rhythm just as much as it does the rhythm of the universe. He realizes that the universal cadence moves on. You are powerless to stop it because you are a part of it. You must continue playing; hoping your music has a positive impact.]

BC: Sonic Mirror verifies the value of music as an important factor in this world. If used for the greater good it can be a powerful ally.



Selected Discography

Billy Cobham, Meeting of the Spirits: A Celebration of the Mahavishnu Orchestra (In & Out, 2007)
Billy Cobham and Others,The Drum N Voice 2 (Nicolosi, 2006)
Frank Gambale, Raison D'Etre (Wombat, 2004)
Billy Cobham, Focused (Cleopatra, 1999)
Larry Coryell, Spaces Revisited (Shanachie, 1997)
Billy Cobham, Stratus (Inaukustik, 1981)
John McLaughlin, Electric Guitarist (Columbia, 1978)
Billy Cobham, Inner Conflicts (Atlantic, 1977
Stanley Clarke, School Days (Epic, 1976)
Billy Cobham, MA Funky Thide of Sings (Atlantic, 1975)
Billy Cobham, Crosswind (Atlantic, 1974)
Larry Coryell, Spaces (Vanguard, 1974)
Billy Cobham, Spectrum (Atlantic, 1973)
Mahavishnu Orchestra, Birds of Fire (Columbia, 1972)
Mahavishnu Orchestra, The Inner Mounting Flame (Columbia, 1971)
Miles Davis, A Tribute to Jack Johnson (Columbia, 1970)
Dreams, Dreams (Columbia, 1970)
Mahavishnu John McLaughlin, My Goals Beyond (Ryko, 1970)
Miles Davis, Bitches Brew (Columbia, 1969)

Photo Credits

Top Photo: Courtesy of Sonic Mirror
Center Photo: Rogan Coles
Bottom Photo: Jose Manuel Horna


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