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Billy Cobham


The legendary Billy Cobham, with his matchless, dazzling, ambidextrous skills as a drummer, has applied the same insistent fervor to his long list of monumental achievements. He’s an accomplished composer and record producer. It is a rarely known fact that he was at the forefront of the electronic music industry and it’s development through Jazz. He was one of the first percussionists, along with Max Roach and Tony Williams to utilize the Electronic Drum Controller made in 1968 by the Meazzi Drum Company in Milano, Italy while on concert tour with Horace Silver in Europe. He is one of the few Percussionists, specializing in the Jazz drum set to lead his own band


Article: Radio & Podcasts

New Jazz Releases Plus Gregory Goodloe Interview

Read "New Jazz Releases Plus Gregory Goodloe Interview" reviewed by Steven Roby

Gregory Goodloe, who derives his influences from George Benson and Wes Montgomery, divides his time between the recording studio and the radio studio, where he presents his own show, Mile High Smooth Jazz, on World Wide Jazz Radio. Playlist Artemis “Lights Away From Home" from In Real Time (Blue Note Records) James Brandon Lewis ...


Article: Interview

Talkin' Square Biz with Arkadia Prez Bob Karcy

Read "Talkin' Square Biz with Arkadia Prez Bob Karcy" reviewed by Chris M. Slawecki

This interview was first published at All About Jazz in October 1997. This past June, Bob Karcy, President and Founder of the award-winning V.I.E.W. Video company, announced the signings of Dave Liebman, Benny Golson and Billy Taylor to his newly-formed Arkadia Entertainment Corporation. “Just what the world needs, another jazz record label," ...


Article: Live Review

Shakti At Hammersmith Eventim Apollo

Read "Shakti At Hammersmith Eventim Apollo" reviewed by Ian Patterson

Shakti Hammersmith Eventim Apollo Hammersmith, jny:London June 27, 2023 All things must come to pass. Still, it came as a shock to learn that Shakti's two concerts in London would be their last in the UK. Earlier dates in India, a summer tour of Europe and North American dates through August ...

Article: Radio & Podcasts

Billy Cobham, Markus Reuter, Mark Lettieri and Eivind Aarset

Read "Billy Cobham, Markus Reuter, Mark Lettieri and Eivind Aarset" reviewed by Len Davis

Spanish guitarist Chema Vilchez, Billy Cobham, Serbian band Bosque and German touch guitarist Markus Reuter. Jordan Rudess, Mark Lettieri and Hungarian band European Mantra then Norwegian guitarist Eivind Aarset.Playlist Chema Vilchez “Lost In The Labyrinth" from The Dream of the Navigator (Enfasis) 00:00 Billy Cobham “Mirage" from Compass Point (Purple Pyramid)07:11 Bosque “Escape From ...


Article: Radio & Podcasts

The '70s with Mahavishnu Orchestra, return to Forever and Miles Davis

Read "The '70s with Mahavishnu Orchestra, return to Forever and Miles Davis" reviewed by Len Davis

A visit to the '70s with Return To Forever, Billy Cobham, Mahavishnu Orchestra, Soft Machine, Brand X, Jeff Beck and Miles Davis. Playlist Return To Forever “Celebration Suite" from No Mystery (Polydor) 00:00 Billy Cobham “Stratus" from Spectrum (Atlantic) 07:59 The Mahavishnu Orchestra “Noonward Race" from The Inner Mounting Flame (CBS)16:03 Soft Machine “Gesoireut ...


Article: SoCal Jazz

Jeff Richman: Fresh & Formidable Fusion Pioneer

Read "Jeff Richman: Fresh & Formidable Fusion Pioneer" reviewed by Jim Worsley

When the name Jeff Richman enters the conversation, there is a good chance you have nested deeply into the fusion guitarist rabbit hole. Richman recently released his eighteenth studio album XYZ (Blue Canoe, 2023), to go along with six gorgeously respectful tribute records. Now 71, the Berklee College of Music grad, has etched his name in ...


Article: Building a Jazz Library

Celebrating Don Sebesky, Part 1

Read "Celebrating Don Sebesky, Part 1" reviewed by Dan McClenaghan

The passing of composer/arranger Don Sebesky in April 2023, invites a revisitation of his artistry. A Manhattan School of Music-trained trombonist, Sebesky played in the big bands of Kai Winding, Claude Thornhill, Tommy Dorsey and Maynard Ferguson. But by 1960, he found that his true passion was arranging and conducting. For this, he was nominated for ...

Article: Live Review

Musiche Corsare a Bari

Read "Musiche Corsare a Bari" reviewed by Libero Farnè

Musiche Corsare 2023 Teatro Forma Bari 20-23.4.2023 Sotto la direzione artistica di Roberto Ottaviano, la cui esauriente intervista è stata pubblicata su queste pagine alla fine di marzo, si è articolata in modo esemplare la seconda edizione di Musiche Corsare. Il festival, che quest'anno era dedicato a George Russell, ha palesato ...


Article: Radio & Podcasts

Billy Cobham from Power Play, Bunny Brunel and Dwiki Dharwarman

Read "Billy Cobham from Power Play, Bunny Brunel and Dwiki Dharwarman" reviewed by Len Davis

Music from 1986 from Billy Cobham, bassist Bunny Brunel from Invent Your Future, Chris Minh Doky live in Europe, from Indonesia keyboardist Dwiki Dharmawan, plus Gary Husband, Hiromi and the late Japanese drummer Kozo Suganuma.Playlist Billy Cobham “Summit Afrique" from Power Play (GRP) 00:00 Bunny Brunel “Fickle Funk" from Invent Your Future (Nikaia) 06:29 ...


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