Genre: Jazz, Fusion
Origin: united states
Territories: US, Europe excl. IT
Availability: jul, nov 2019
Born in Panama on May 16, 1944, and raised in Brooklyn, New York, Cobham got his first 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 included 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 jazz-fusion 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.
Also in 1973, Cobham toured with John McLaughlin and Carlos Santana, performing material from the album, Love Devotion Surrender.
In 1974, the original lineup of the Mahavishnu Orchestra disbanded.
Cobham continued to create innovative fusion material with the release
of Crosswind (1974), Shabaz, (1974) Total Eclipse (1974), A Funky Thide
of Sings (1975) and Life and Times (1976).
During the 70's and 80's, Cobham recorded for Atlantic, CBS, Elektra, and GRP. He collaborated with George Duke, John Scofield, Tony Williams, Jack Bruce, and The Grateful Dead spinoff band Bobby & the Midnites.
In 1992, Cobham was appointed to work with UNICEF to work with autistic outpatients and street children in Santos, Brazil in a musical project that lasted for several years.
In 2001, Cobham released the two-CD retrospective, Rudiments: The Billy Cobham Anthology. In 2002, he began releasing a series of CD's featuring special artists, entitled Drum n Voice.
By 2005, Cobham had recorded and released over 30 recordings under his name. He developed and enjoyed a special musical collaboration with the Cuban group, Asere.
In 2007, he released Fruit from the Loom, which is a wide-ranging representation of Cobham's roots and journeys. In 2010, Cobham released Palindrome, the second installment from the Fruit from the Loom series.
In 2011, Cobham began teaching drums online at The Jazz & Fusion Drum School with Billy Cobham.
In 2013, Cobham celebrated the 40th anniversary of the release of Spectrum by touring the U.S., Canada and Europe with the Spectrum 40 Band. Also that year, Purple Pyramid Records released the Billy Cobham Compass Point two-CD set, recorded live at Compass Point Hotel in the Bahamas in 1997, which was never released before.
Early 2014 marks the release of the much-anticipated "Tales from the Skeleton Coast", which is the third installment of four recordings produced as a commemoration and celebration of Cobham's mother and father, both of whom were musicians. In his words, "Tales from the Skeleton Coast reflects life experiences that I shared with my parents that I hold dear in my heart and mind, including impressions instilled in me while touring the region of what was previously called southwestern Africa but is now known as Namibia. The images of the Skeleton Coast in particular, still burn within me and through the music, I've created a sonic reflection of those cherished experiences.
Spectrum (Atlantic Records)
Total Eclipse (WEA)
A Funky Thide Of Sings (WEA)
Life and Times (WEA)
Cobham/Duke Live (WEA)
Inner Conflicts (WEA)
Simplicity of Expression - Depth of Thought
B.C (very rare)
Flight Time (InAkustik)
Observations & Reflections (Elektra/Musician)
Warning (GRP Records)
Power Play (Eagle Records)
Picture This (Eagle Records)
By Design (Finac)
The Traveler (101 South Records)
Nordic (Rhythmatix Records)
Nordic / Off Color (Eagle Rock)
Focused (Eagle Records)
Mississippi Nights Live (Wenlock)
Ensemble New Hope Street (Eagle Records)
North By NorthWest (Creative MultiMedia Concepts)
Paradox - Paradox (Enja)
Paradox - First/Second (Enja)
Best Of (Atlantic)
2000 - today
Live in Rome (Audio Records)
Art Of Three (In And Out Records)
Culture Mix (In And Out Records)
Billy Cobhams Culture Mix - Colours (In And Out Records)
The Art Of Four (In And Out Records)
North by Northwest (Nicolosi Productions)
Drum and Voice ( Nicolosi Production - Just Groove)
Meeting of the Spirits (In And Out Records)
Drum'n'voice 2 (Nicolosi Production - Just Groove)
The Art Of Five (In And Out Records)
Fruit From The Loom ( CMMC Records)
Drum'n'voice 3 (Nicolosi Production - Soul Trade)
Palindrome (BHM Productions)
Live in Leverkusen (BHM Productions GmbH)
Compass Point (Purple Pyramid a division of Cleopatra
2019 MARKS BILLY COBHAM´S 75TH BIRTHDAY CELEBRATION
Billy Cobham came to prominence in the late 1960s and early 1970s with trumpeter Miles Davis and then with the Mahavishnu Orchestra. According to Allmusic's reviewer, Cobham is "generally acclaimed as fusion's greatest drummer". He was inducted into the Modern Drummer Hall of Fame in 1987 and the Classic Drummer Hall of Fame in 2013.
Cobham's influence stretched far beyond jazz: prog contemporaries Bill Bruford of King Crimson listened closely to what he was up to, younger drummers like Danny Carey of tool learned from him, and even Prince played a version of Cobham's "stratus" in concert. There's maybe no bigger fan than Phil Collins, who has named Mahavishnu's inner mounting flame as a key influence on his early style. "Billy Cobham played some of the finest drumming I've ever heard on that record," he said.
(100 GREATED DRUMMERS OF ALL TIME, ROLLING STONE MAGAZIN)
2019 marks Billy Cobham´s 75th birthday. “It’s been an adventure, these seventy four years that I have been blessed to experience so much in my life” Billy says.
To celebrate his long continuous career as well as his birthday, he put together different projects and regions he will focus on in 2019.
1 CROSSWINDS PROJECT: EUROPE/U.S.A./SOUTH AMERICA/ASIA
2 CULTURE MIX: EUROPE
3 ORGAN TRIO “CML” (BILLY COBHAM, PAULO MORELLO-GUITAR, JERMAINE LANDSBERGER - ORGAN): EUROPE
4 ORCHESTRAL PROJECTS: EUROPE
BILLY´S RECORDING PLANS IN 2019:
Recordings that I am confident I will be able to release will represent the groups that i am currently working with and will press into action in 2019.
CROSSWINDS PROJECT will celebrate the music from my second recording project “Crosswinds”. We will present an updated song book that includes some music that was not performed with my Spectrum 40 project (“Taurian Matador”) and compositions yet to be recorded (“On the Move” and “Under the Baobab Tree”). We feature drums, woodwinds, bass, keyboards and guitar in this band.
CULTURE MIX will fill the slot for my european mid sized band with two keyboard stations, bass, guitar and drums. We will complete the last edition of the 4 cd set that I began 10 years ago. The title of the cd is “Tierra del Fuego”. This recording should be available in summer 2019.
ORCHESTRAL PROJECTS I will continue to pursue and perform where possible with jazz orchestras throughout Europe. This year 2018, I am set to record my jazz orchestral portfolio with the Guy Barker big band before the year is done. My hope is to have this cd available for next year’ residency in London in June 2019.
ORGAN TRIO “CML” (BILLY COBHAM, PAULO MORELLO-GUITAR, JERMAINE LANDSBERGER – ORGAN) a very new project for me as I have not performed with an organist and guitarist in a group since the working with Don Sands in Patterson New Jersey “waayyy baackk” in the day (circa 1966-68, I think) we also plan to record in the coming months and be active in Europe next year.
Billy Cobham's Crosswinds Project
Billy Cobham - drums
Paul Hanson - bassoon, sax
Fareed Haque - guitar
Tim Landers - bass
Scott Tibbs - keys
Billy Cobham Culture Mix
Billy Cobham - drums
Michael Mondesir- bass
Steve Hamilton - keyboards
Camelia Ben Naceur - keyboards
David Dunsmuir- guitar
|14 Mar 2019||Billy Cobham Crosswinds Project||KKL Lucerne||Lucerne||Switzerland|
|05 Jul 2019||Billy Cobham||Estival Jazz Festival||Lugano||Switzerland|
|06 Jul 2019||Billy Cobham Crosswinds Project||Montreux Jazz Festival||Montreux||Switzerland|
|07 Jul 2019||Billy Cobham||Artikuss||Soleuvre||Luxembourg|
|09 Nov 2019||Billy Cobham||Konzerthaus Ravensburg||Ravensburg||Germany|
|11 Nov 2019||Billy Cobham||Leverkusener Jazztage||Leverkusen||Germany|