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Billy Cobham Crosswinds Project
5 April 2018 @ 20 h 00 min - 23 h 00 min
Jazz fusion pioneer Billy Cobham is an internationally renowned drumming virtuoso, percussionist, composer, producer, educator and master clinician whose life has been dedicated to musical exploration and creative expression.
He has played with all manner of jazz greats: Miles Davis, Herbie Hancock, Stanley Clarke and the list goes on and on. And for good reason: Cobham is musically at the absolute top of the pyramid.
When he first performed in Jim Thorpe, in 2008, tympanists with the Philadelphia Philharmonic came to see him. A well-known biographical fact is that he played drums for Bob Weir’s band, Bobby and the Midnites. The fact is, that Billy Cobham remains to this day a major influence to percussionists in all genres of music.
In the spring of 1971, Cobham was invited by John McLaughlin into the Mahavishnu Orchestra, joining Jan Hammer, Jerry Goodman, and Rick Laird. They released three acclaimed albums, beginning with Inner Mounting Flame. Mahavishnu’s pioneering combination of classical virtuosity, jazz spontaneity, and rock prowess broke new ground in the music world. In this setting, Cobham’s dramatic, explosive power, extraordinary dexterity, and complex style of play brought him global attention and critical acclaim.
When the original Mahavishnu Orchestra disbanded in 1973, Cobham began leading his own groups and releasing his own albums, beginning with Spectrum, which unexpectedly became a sensational hit around the world. This breakthrough album is widely regarded as one of the most important, defining statements of the jazz-rock genre.
Throughout his career, Cobham has appeared on over 300 recordings, including those by pop and rock icons like Peter Gabriel, Quincy Jones, Jack Bruce, Bob Weir, and James Brown, and to date, has produced and released more than forty albums as a leader.