Territory: North & South America
In cooperation with Bella Concerts
Widely regarded as the "world's greatest drummer" and revered for his musical ingenuity, jazz fusion virtuoso Billy Cobham has contributed seminally as a master drummer, percussionist, composer, producer, educator, clinician and tireless musical explorer. With the same energy and exuberance he displayed in his youth, he forges ahead with an everpassionate commitment to innovation and service to the world through his music.
Born in Panama on May 16, 1944, and raised in Brooklyn, New York, Cobham got his f irst paid gig at the age of eight as a member of St. Catherine's Queensmen, a drum and bugle corps in St. Albans, Queens. He attended New York's renowned Fiorella H. LaGuardia High School of Music & Art and the Performing Arts, where he studied music theory and drum technique. While in the military from 1965 to 1968, Cobham played with the U.S. Army Band as percussionist. After his service, he played in Horace Silver's Band, performed with Stanley Turrentine and Shirley Scott, and recorded with George Benson.
In 1969, Billy Cobham co-founded the jazz-rock combo, Dreams, which incl. Randy Brecker, Michael Brecker, John Abercrombie, Don Grolnick, Barry Rodgers, and Will Lee. The following year, he joined Miles Davis' new fusion ensemble, and contributed to Live-Evil, A Tribute to Jack Johnson and the Bitches Brew sessions, where he collaborated with guitarist John McLaughlin. In 1971, Cobham became a founding member of the jazzfusion Mahavishnu Orchestra, along with McLaughlin, Jan Hammer, Jerry Goodman, and Rick Laird. This original group released three critically acclaimed albums: The Inner Mounting (1971), Birds of Fire (1973) and Between Nothingness and Eternity (live album released in 1973).
In 1973, Cobham released his debut solo album, Spectrum, a breakthrough in jazz-fusion that is universally recognized as one of the genre's most significant and influential creations. Spectrum was recorded at Iimi Hendrix's Electric Lady Studios in New York City. Cobham's lineup for the album featured Tommy Bolin on guitar, Jan Hammer on electric piano, moog synthesizer & piano and Lee Sklar on bass.
In 1974, the original lineup of the Mahavishnu Orchestra disbanded. Cobham continued to create innovative fusion material with the release of Crosswinds (1974), Shabaz, (1974) Total Eclipse (1974), A Funky Thide of Sings (1975) and Life and Times (1976).
Spectrum and Crosswinds were both milestones in the Jazz Fusion Genre. Billy Cobham just added a brand new Live Band touring the Crosswinds Album.
Billy Cobham's Crosswinds Project featuring:
Billy Cobham - drums
Ernie Watts - sax
Martin Scales - guitar
Tim Landers - bass
Scott Tibbs – keys
The Crosswinds Project will be focusing on the album (WEA 1974) in reflection of the originals through updated arrangements by Billy Cobham. There will be two or three new compositions plus favorites like "Red Baron", "Taurian Matador", "Quadrant Four" and "Stratus" to round out the show.
The original Crosswinds Album was recorded at Electric Lady Land Studios in New York City in 1974. That band consisted of Garnett Brown-trombone, Michael Brecker-woodwinds, Randy Brecker-trumpet, John Abercrombie-guitar, George Duke-keyboards, and Billy Cobham. Cobham co-produced that recording with Ken Scott. The material on the original CD includes "Pleasant Pheasant", "Spanish Moss" (a suite in 4 parts), "Heather" and "Crosswinds".
Cobham makes use of the full range of dynamics on this album. Its a must -have for every Jazz Fusion fan.