Tuesday 25 July 2017

Cobham. Billy - Life & Times (1976)

The fifth album from this US drummer and artist.

Billy Cobham on percussions and moog synth had help from ten other musicians on this album. The lineup was guitars, organ, keyboards, clarinet, flute, violin, cello, viola, and bass. 
Of those I know here, I notice John Scofield on guitars and George Duke on keyboards.

No Brecker Brothers in other words. But the inclusion of the funk-master George Duke gave this album a very funky edge.

In short, this is a fusion album with a funky edge. The fusion is also bordering to jazz on some of the tracks on this album.

The album is forty minutes long and it gives good value for money for those into funky fusion. It is clear that whilst maintaining the core of his music, Billy Cobham has also added a lot of other stuff to his music.

There is no drums here and that gives this album a very laidback feeling. On a warm summer day, that is not a bad thing. It is not a bad thing on a cold winter night either.

This is a good album and one I really enjoy. This despite of the lack of any really great music here.

3 stars

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