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Billy Cobham, Steve Khan, Alphonso Johnson & Tom Scott


Billy Cobham, Steve Khan, Alphonso JohnsonTom Scott - Alivemutherforya - 1978 - Columbia

Drummer Billy Cobham is heard on this live set heading an all-star quintet also including Tom Scott on tenor, soprano and lyricon, keyboardist Mark Soskin, guitarist Steve Khan and electric bassist Alphonso Johnson. Although the music is mostly funky and uses plenty of electronics (Scott sounds quite faceless on lyricon), there are some strong solos, particularly from Khan and Scott (when he is on tenor). The six group originals are highlighted by "Bahama Mama," "Some Punk Funk" and "On a Magic Carpet Ride." Due to the amount of variety and spontaneity, Alivemutherforya is superior to most of these musicians' individual projects of the era. © Scott Yanow © 2014 AllMusic, a division of All Media Network, LLC. | All Rights Reserved

The Panamanian born drummer Billy Cobham is a legend in jazz and fusion. He has played with artists that include John Scofield, the Brecker Brothers, John Abercrombie. Horace Silver, George Benson, Miles Davis, James Brown, John McLaughlin and many others. Indeed, many of those artists have backed Billy rather than the other way around. Billy’s “Spectrum” album remains a jazz fusion classic. “Alivemutherforya” cannot and should not be compared with albums like “Spectrum” but it’s exceptional jazz fusion with six great tracks and includes artists like Mark Soskin best known for his work with saxophone legend Sonny Rollins, the brilliant guitarist Steve Khan, legendary saxophonist Tom Scott, and Alphonso Johnson on bass and synth. These guys together produce a really special sound. Listen to Billy Cobham’s “Inner Conflicts” album, Steve Khan’s “Let's Call This” album, Alphonso Johnson’s “Moonshadows” album, and Tom Scott’s “Great Scott” album [All tracks @ 320 Kbps: File size = 100 Mb]

TRACKS / COMPOSERS

1 "Anteres" - The Star - Billy Cobham 5:35
2 Bahama Mama - Alphonso Johnson 8:29
3 Shadows - Tom Scott 7:51
4 Some Punk Funk - Steve Khan 4:31
5 Spindrift - Tom Scott 7:21
6 On A Magic Carpet Ride - Billy Cobham 7:22

MUSICIANS

Steve Khan- Electric & Acoustic Guitar
Alphonso Johnson- Bass [Electric, Electric Fretless], Synthesizer [Bass Pedal], Chapman Stick [Electric Stick]
Mark Soskin - Piano, Electric Piano [Fender Rhodes], Clavinet, Synthesizer [Arp Odyssey, Mini-moog, Arp, String Ensemble]
Billy Cobham - Drums, Percussion
Tom Scott - Saxophone [Tenor, Soprano], Lyricon, Percussion

BILLY COBHAM BIO

Generally acclaimed as fusion's greatest drummer, Billy Cobham's explosive technique powered some of the genre's most important early recordings -- including groundbreaking efforts by Miles Davis and the Mahavishnu Orchestra -- before he became an accomplished bandleader in his own right. At his best, Cobham harnessed his amazing dexterity into thundering, high-octane hybrids of jazz complexity and rock & roll aggression. He was capable of subtler, funkier grooves on the one hand, and awe-inspiring solo improvisations on the other; in fact, his technical virtuosity was such that his flash could sometimes overwhelm his music. After debuting as a leader with the classic Spectrum in 1973, Cobham spent most of fusion's glory days recording for Atlantic; briefer stints on CBS, Elektra, and GRP followed, and by the mid-'80s, Cobham was de-emphasizing his own bands in favor of session and sideman work. Even so, he continued to record for various small labels with some regularity. William C. Cobham was born May 16, 1944, in Panama, where as a very young child he became fascinated with the percussion instruments his cousins played. When Cobham was three, his family moved to New York City, and at age eight he made his performance debut with his father. He honed his percussion skills in a drum-and-bugle corps outfit called the St. Catherine's Queensmen, and attended New York's prestigious High School of Music and Art, graduating in 1962. From 1965 to 1968, he served as a percussionist in the U.S. Army Band, and after his release, he was hired as the new drummer in hard bop pianist Horace Silver's band. Cobham toured the U.S. and Europe with Silver in 1968, and also moonlighted with Stanley Turrentine, Shirley Scott, and George Benson. After eight months with Silver, Cobham departed to join the early jazz-rock combo Dreams in 1969, which also featured the Brecker brothers and guitarist John Abercrombie. From there, he landed a job in Miles Davis' new fusion ensemble, and played a small part in the seminal Bitches Brew sessions; he also appeared more prominently on several other Davis albums of the time, including more aggressive classics like Live-Evil and A Tribute to Jack Johnson. Cobham and guitarist John McLaughlin split off from Davis' group to pursue a harder rocking brand of fusion in the Mahavishnu Orchestra, which debuted in 1971 with the seminal The Inner Mounting Flame. With Mahavishnu, Cobham's fiery intensity was given its fullest airing yet, and his extraordinary technique influenced not only countless fusioneers in his wake, but also quite a few prog rock drummers who were aiming for similarly challenging musical territory. The 1972 follow-up Birds of Fire cemented his reputation, and by this time he had also become something of an unofficial in-house drummer for Creed Taylor's CTI label, known for a smoother, more polished style of fusion; here Cobham backed musicians like George Benson, Stanley Turrentine, Freddie Hubbard, Hubert Laws, and Grover Washington, Jr. Unfortunately, the volatile group chemistry that made Mahavishnu's recordings so exciting also carried over into real life and the original lineup disbanded in 1973. Deciding to make a go of it on his own, Cobham formed his own band, Spectrum (which initially featured ex-Mahavishnu cohort Jan Hammer on keyboards), and signed with Atlantic. His debut as a leader, also called Spectrum, was released in 1973, showcasing an exciting blend of jazz, funk, and rock that benefited from the presence of guitarists John Scofield and Tommy Bolin (the latter better known for his rock recordings); it also found Cobham experimenting a bit with electronic percussion. Spectrum is still generally acknowledged as the high point of Cobham's solo career, and holds up quite well today. Cobham followed Spectrum with a series of LPs on Atlantic that, like fusion itself, grew increasingly smoother and more commercial as the '70s wore on. For his second album, 1974's Crosswinds, ex-Dreams mate John Abercrombie joined the band, as did keyboardist George Duke, who would become a frequent Cobham collaborator over the years; that same year's performance at Montreux produced the live Shabazz. After Total Eclipse, Cobham moved more explicitly into commercial jazz-funk with 1975's A Funky Thide of Sings, which featured an expanded horn section. He pared the group back down for the improved Life and Times in 1976, and also played Montreux again, in tandem with Duke. In 1977, Cobham switched to the CBS label, which set him firmly on the path of commercial accessibility. In addition to his records as a leader, he'd remained highly active as a session drummer, and began to focus on that side of his career even more in the late '70s. By 1980, he was done with CBS and began pursuing side opportunities, playing live with the Grateful Dead and Jack Bruce, as well as the Saturday Night Live band. He drummed for the Grateful Dead side project Bobby & the Midnites in 1982, and recorded three albums for Elektra in the early '80s with his new quartet the Glass Menagerie. During the mid-'80s, he cut three commercially oriented LPs for GRP, and spent the next few years stepping up his international touring and absorbing a healthy dose of world music. He played Peter Gabriel's 1992 WOMAD Festival, and the following year recorded The Traveler, inspired by a sojourn in Brazil. In 1996, he formed a more acoustic-oriented quartet called Nordic with three Norwegian musicians; the following year, he also started a German-based fusion outfit called Paradox. In 1998, Cobham began playing with a group called Jazz Is Dead, which devoted itself to jazz reinterpretations of Grateful Dead material; their album Blue Light Rain proved fairly popular among Deadheads. As Cobham maintained his touring, session, and bandleading activities, Rhino released the excellent two-CD retrospective Rudiments: The Billy Cobham Anthology in 2001. © Steve Huey © 2014 AllMusic, a division of All Media Network, LLC. | All Rights Reserved http://www.allmusic.com/artist/billy-cobham-mn0000767741/biography

9 comments:

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andre andreoli said...

please you have the album "Guitar Addiction – A Tribute To Modern Guitar" ,thank.

ratso said...

Another obscure gem for me as I burn in 'hell'. Wish me some cold weather and rain. I want lots of rain. Thanks Mr Fingal.

A.O.O.F.C said...

Hi,Andre. I don't have the album. I would like to hear it. Maybe there is somebody reading this who can help? Thank you, and keep in touch...Paul

A.O.O.F.C said...

G'day, ratso. You lucky expletive deleted! I'm expletive deleted and my goolies have vanished with this Arctic weather. What the expletive deleted do you want rain for? I've an expletive deleted ark in my back garden under construction, here in Ice Station Zebra! TTU soon. I'm off to bed. What 'appens next is private, and also very rude! Cheers...Paul

ratso said...

(W)holy deleted expletive Batman...

A.O.O.F.C said...

Still expletive deleted chilly on the willy, here, Robin!..Paul

ratso said...

Hey guess what Mr Fingal? heatwave over, now we have rain, and more rain and for a change, rain. Your wet cobba from downunda. Ratso

A.O.O.F.C said...

G'day,ratso! Ripper news! Hope you got the barbie in in time! It's still expletive deleted raining in my country and expletive deleted freezing cold. My pet polar bear has the flu! Catch you later, mate!...Paul