is a representative collection of songs associated with drummer-composer-bandleader-producer Billy Cobham assembled from the highlights of eight Atlantic releases between 1973 and 1978. This was a particularly fruitful time for Cobham that saw the percussionist recording with the likes of the late Tommy Bolin, Jan Hammer, George Duke, Michael and Randy Brecker, John Scofield, Cornell Dupree, and John Abercrombie. The songs are taken from:
(Atlantic 7268, 1973)
Crosswinds (Atlantic 7300, 1974)
(Atlantic 18121, 1974)
(Atlantic 18139, 1975)
A Funky Thide of Sings
(Atlantic 18149, 1975)
Life and Times
(Atlantic 18166, 1976)
Live on Tour in Europe
(Atlantic 18194, 1976) (The Billy Cobham/George Duke Band)
(Atlantic 19174, 1978)
Billy Cobham could be considered the Nolan Ryan of Fusion drummers during the 1970s. He had a right-on aggressive style that was as relentless as it was innovative. This music is loud, funky, loose, and freely expressed. It also has aged remarkably well. The hard driving "The Funky Thide of Sings" sounds like a remarkably contemporary Sly and the Family Stone groove. Cobham's idea of the blues is perfectly captured by his rambling duet with Tommy Bolin on "Quadrant 4" from the Spectrum release. Cobham's association with George Duke was amply fruitful and presented here from the Live on Tour in Europe disc. Cobham was as polished and powerful live as in the studio,
Incendiary and incandescent, all of the music on Rudiments: the Billy Cobham Anthology could be included in a clinic on Fusion. I consider the bulk of Cobham's output superior to that of Return to Forever or Weather Report. Rudiments: the Billy Cobham Anthology is a must have release and perfect for all listeners wanting to replace that worn out LP copy of Spectrum.
Disc 1:Quadrant 4; Stratus; Anxiety; Taurian Matador;Snoopy's Search; Red Baron; All 4 One (outtake);The Pleasant Pheasant; Spanish Moss; Flash Flood; Solarization; Lunarputians; Moon Germs; Total Eclipse. (Total Time: 60:21).
Disc 2:Shabazz; Some Skunk Funk; A Funky Thide Of Sings; Panhandler; Neu Rock N' Roll (outtake); Life & Times; 29; Earthlings; Hip Pockets - The Billy Cobham/George Duke Band; Juicy - The Billy Cobham/George Duke Band; Do What Cha Wanna - The Billy Cobham/George Duke Band; Arroyo. (Total Time: 67:23).
I was first exposed to jazz when I discovered that one of Jimi Hendrix's influences was Wes Montgomery. I played guitar growing up and idolized Hendrix, so I knew that anyone he looked up to must be good
I was first exposed to jazz when I discovered that one of Jimi Hendrix's influences was Wes Montgomery. I played guitar growing up and idolized Hendrix, so I knew that anyone he looked up to must be good. I was 16 at the time. I went to Tower Records and purchased a CD by Wes, and I was hooked from the very first ten seconds. The sound of the song Lolita illuminated my bedroom, as I just sat back amazed at how colorful and soulful this music was--I understood it, even though at the time I didn't understand how to go about playing it. I get chills listening to Wes' solo on Lolita, and I can still listen to that song ten times in a row and never get tired of it. There is a truly timeless quality to genuinely spontaneous jazz music, and it is that quality that has inspired me to devote my life to studying and playing this music.