Thursday, August 19, 2010

Rudiments: The Billy Cobham Anthology (2001, Rhino)

Billy Cobham: Rudiments: The Billy Cobham Anthology (2001, Rhino)

In 1973 Billy Cobham broke from the Mahavishnu ranks and became a bandleader in his own right, crafting some of the most exciting (and occasionally generic) fusion of the 70s and 80s. He started the ball rolling that year with Spectrum , an Atlantic issue which included Mahavishnu keyboardist Jan Hammer, session bassist Lee Sklar, and young guitar wizard Tommy Bolin. Later gatherings under the titanic drummer's leadership featured keyboardist George Duke, bassists John Williams, Alphonso Johnson and Alex Blake, the Brecker Brothers (trumpeter Randy and reedman Michael), guitarists John Scofield and John Abercrombie, and many others. Rudiments collects some of Cobham's best tracks recorded for the Atlantic label, focusing largely upon his amazing drum skills and respectable compositions.

Disc: 1

01. Quadrant 4
02. Stratus
03. Anxiety/Taurian Matador
04. Snoopy's Search/Red Baron
05. All 4 One (outtake)
06. The Pleasant Pheasant
07. Spanish Moss
08. Flash Flood
09. Solarization
10. Lunarputians
11. Moon Germs
12. Total Eclipse

Disc: 2

01. Shabazz
02. Some Skunk Funk
03. A Funky Thide Of Sings
04. Panhandler Listen
05. Neu Rock N' Roll (outtake)
06. Life & Times
07. 29
08. Earthlings
09. Hip Pockets - The Billy Cobham/George Duke Band
10. Juicy - The Billy Cobham/George Duke Band
11. Do What Cha Wanna - The Billy Cobham/George Duke Band
12. Arroyo


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Anonymous said...

Thanks so much for this. Saw Billy live back in the 70s and fairly recently. The guy is a legend.