Total Eclipse (5:58). Total Time 1:10:30 (7. mins). Total Time 1:11:11 (71 mins). Indicates previously unreleased tracks. Billy Cobham, percussion.
Cobham debuted on Atlantic in 1973 with Spectrum and a band that included Mahavishnu keyboardist Jan Hammer, session bassist Lee Sklar, and young guitar wizard Tommy Bolin (who replaced Joe Walsh in the James GangandRitchie Blackmore in Deep Purple). The first five tracks on Disc 1 are drawn from those sessions, and they illustrate just what all the fuss over Cobham was about. His use of dual or triple bass drums presaged Alex Van Halen by years; in fact, Cobham is an acknowledged influence on most 70s and 80s hard-rock drummers. Some of the tracks on Rudiments suffer a bit from sameness, the curse of much pioneer fusion. But in the big picture, this collection is a desirable document of an important period in the music’s development and the star power of its greatest percussionist. It should, just on general principle, be on the CD shelves of every fusion drum enthusiast.
Album · 2001 · 23 Songs. Rudiments: The Billy Cobham Anthology Billy Cobham. Listen on Apple Music.
If ever anybody deserved a two-disc anthology of his offerings as a solo artist it's fusion drummer Billy Cobham. After making his stellar debut with John McLaughlin's Mahavishnu Orchestra, Cobham made eight records for Atlantic from 1973-1978. To varying degrees, these recordings were true statements on the state of jazz-rock fusion. Many blame Cobham for being a member of the is-everything school, and to a degree it may be true.
For more than 30 years Cobham has been a band leader covering a wide spectrum of music. Rudiments is truly the sounds of a partially-developed career, no matter how brilliant it has been to this date. Cobham is not ready to cross home plate.
Rudiments: The Billy Cobham Anthology, 2005. Rudiments: The Billy Cobham Anthology, 2005.
Juicy: The Billy Cobham/George Duke Band - 6:53. 23. Do What Cha Wanna: The Billy Cobham/George p - 5:00. 24. Arroyo (Cobham/Cobham) - 4:17. Tommy Bolin - Guitar. Randy Brecker - Trumpet, Arranger, Flugelhorn. Garnett Brown - Trombone. Cornell Dupree - Guitar. Glen Ferris - Trombone, Trombone (Bass), Trombone (Tenor).
The Billy Cobham Anthology.
Cobham was one of the building blocks of jazz-rock fusion. By the time he started his recording career in 1976, he had been part of three of the most important bands of the '70s, Miles Davis's groups, Dreams, and the Mahavishnu Orchestra.