birthday with BILLY COBHAM

by Péter Somogyvári September. 19, 2011 4256 views

SEPTEMBER 3 - the day of Hungarian Jazz
(…and my bithday )

William C. Cobham (born May 16, 1944 in Panama), is a Panamanian American jazz drummer, composer and bandleader, who has called Switzerland home since the late 1970s

Coming to prominence in the late 1960s and early 1970s with trumpeter Miles Davis and then with Mahavishnu Orchestra, Cobham is, in the words of Steve Huey, "generally acclaimed as fusion's greatest drummer with an influential style that combines explosive power and exacting precision

He played in a U.S. Army Band from 1965 to 1968. Following his discharge, Cobham joined the group of pianist Horace Silver for about a year, also playing or recording with saxophonist Stanley Turrentine, organist Shirley Scott, and guitarist George Benson

Playing and recording with the Brecker Brothers (notably on their 1970-founded group Dreams), and guitarist John Abercrombie, before recording and touring extensively with trumpeter Miles Davis. Cobham's work with Davis appears on A Tribute to Jack Johnson, among other recordings. Cobham is also one of the first drummers to play open handed lead: a drummer that plays on a right-handed set but leads with his left hand on the hi-hat instead of crossing over with his left (and also has his ride cymbal on the left side, instead of the traditional right). He typically plays with multiple toms and double bass drums and was well known in the 70's for his large drum kits.

In 1971, with fellow Davis alumnus McLaughlin, Cobham co-founded Mahavishnu Orchestra, a definitive jazz fusion ensemble. Cobham toured extensively from 1971 to 1973 with the Mahavishnu Orchestra, who released two studio albums and one live album. The original studio versions of tunes on the live album were later released as The Lost Trident Sessions in 1999.

In May 1973, while still with the Mahavishnu Orchestra, Cobham recorded his first solo album Spectrum with keyboardist Jan Hammer, from the Mahavishnu Orchestra, guitarist Tommy Bolin, who later played with heavy rock band Deep Purple, and bassist Lee Sklar. Just before the Mahavishnu Orchestra's last touring leg, in late 1973, Cobham recorded and toured with guitarists Carlos Santana and John McLaughlin, in concerts which featured material from their album Love Devotion Surrender, and Cobham's own material. As band leader and composer, Cobham recorded a number of other ground-breaking fusion records during the 70's, Total Eclipse, Funky Thide of Sings, and Crosswinds. You can also hear his 70's playing well represented on George Duke & Billy Cobham European Tour Live. It was on this tour that Billy reported (in a Down Beat interview) experiencing astral projection during shows, wherein he found himself hovering above and in front of his drums, watching himself play ideas he'd never thought of or executed previously.

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Natalie 9 years, 4 months ago

Jo kis szulinap lehetett! Happy Birthday Peter : ))

9 years, 4 months ago Edited
Sadhya Rippon 9 years, 4 months ago

Fantastic post Peter. How great to spend your birthday with the great man.

9 years, 4 months ago Edited
Asiamack 9 years, 4 months ago

Happy belated birthday!
Great post

9 years, 4 months ago Edited
Storytaylor 9 years, 4 months ago

great post.

9 years, 4 months ago Edited
Kecskemétiné Nelli 9 years, 4 months ago

Boldog születésnapot!
A képektől eláll a szókincsem. =)

9 years, 4 months ago Edited
Patsy Abbey 9 years, 4 months ago

Great photos and information. Looks like a super enjoyable day! P

9 years, 4 months ago Edited
Marsha 9 years, 4 months ago

Fantastic! Must have been so cool to hear him drum! Looks like he's a photographer, too...

9 years, 4 months ago Edited
Jarvo J 9 years, 4 months ago

Happy Birthday Peter. Something tells me, you like this guy :-)

9 years, 4 months ago Edited
Finbarr 9 years, 4 months ago

Interesting post !! great shots ,

9 years, 4 months ago Edited
Josy 9 years, 4 months ago

Wowwww ! Peter, what a formidable and very nice set tribute!

9 years, 4 months ago Edited
Tomie Poodle 9 years, 4 months ago

fantastic tribute for a famous drummer! he looks like 20 years old!

9 years, 4 months ago Edited
Jacki 9 years, 4 months ago

Terrific reporting set! Off to listen to the music!

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