• 180 GRAM AUDIOPHILE VINYL
• SECOND ALBUM BY “GENERALLY ACCLAIMED AS FUSION’S GREATEST DRUMMER” BILLY COBHAM
Billy Cobham is a Panamanian-American jazz drummer who came to
prominence in the late 60s and early 70s with trumpeter Miles Davis and
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.
Crosswinds is the second album by
Cobham. The album was originally released in 1974. It comprises four
songs, all composed by Billy Cobham. It was used as the basis for the
Souls of Mischief’s hit song “93 ‘til Infinity”.
second date as a leader was one of his better sessions. Four songs (all
originals by the leader/drummer) comprise “Spanish Moss -- A Sound
Portrait,” and, in addition, Cobham contributed three other pieces. The
selections team him with guitarist John Abercrombie, both of the Brecker
Brothers, trombonist Garnett Brown, keyboardist George Duke, bassist
John Williams, and Latin percussionist Lee Pastora. In general, the
melodies and the vamps are reasonably memorable. Cobham also takes an
unaccompanied drum solo on “Storm”.
A photo taken by Billy
Cobham himself is used for the cover art; it wraps around the spine to
comprise both the front and back cover.
Definitely a worthy album for fusion collectors!