Billy Cobham – Spectrum

Billy Cobham – Spectrum

Spectrum is the debut album by jazz fusion drummer Billy Cobham. The album contains much influence of the music of Miles Davis and Mahavishnu Orchestra, with whom Cobham had previously collaborated extensively. Tommy Bolin, who would go on to join the hard rock band Deep Purple two years later, plays the lead guitar. The song “Stratus” appears in the video game Grand Theft Auto IV of the radio station “Fusion FM”, as well as being the main sample in the Massive Attack hit “Safe from Harm”.

‘Scott Yanow’ Drummer Billy Cobham was fresh from his success with the Mahavishnu Orchestra when he recorded his debut album, which is still his best. Most of the selections showcase Cobham in a quartet with keyboardist Jan Hammer, guitarist Tommy Bolin, and electric bassist Lee Sklar. Two other numbers include Joe Farrell on flute and soprano and trumpeter Jimmy Owens with guitarist John Tropea, Hammer, bassist Ron Carter, and Ray Barretto on congas. The generally high-quality compositions (which include “Red Baron”) make this fusion set a standout, a strong mixture of rock-ish rhythms and jazz improvising.

Release Date: 1973
Duration: 37:17
Genre: Jazz – Pop/Rock
Styles: Fusion – Jazz-Rock
Recording Date: May 14, 1973 – May 16, 1973


Billy Cobham – Spectrum Tracklist

  1. 00:00 Quadrant 4
  2. 4:19 Searching For The Right Door / Spectrum
  3. 10:51 Anxiety / Taurian Matador
  4. 15:39 Stratus
  5. 25:19 To The Women In My Life / Le Lis
  6. 29:30 Snoopy’s Search / Red Baron

Billy Cobham - Spectrum

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