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Record album by Billy Cobham: Spectrum (1973)


Here’s why this album should be in your collection!

Spectrum (1973), by jazz drummer Billy Cobham was another marvelous work from a DLS alumnus.

DLS stands for “Davis Leadership Seminar”-- the jam and recording sessions from the Electric Miles era. Those “apprentices” went on to front some very impressive groups: Mahavishnu Orchestra (Cobham, John McLaughlin), Return to Forever (Chick Corea), Headhunters (Herbie Hancock), Gateway Trio (Dave Holland), Lifetime (Tony Williams), and Weather Report (Joe Zawinul and Wayne Shorter). Mahavishnu Orchestra bandmate and keyboardist Jan Hammer joined Cobham in recording Spectrum.

The album features “Snoopy’s Search/Red Baron,” a co-joined pair of tracks. The performance by Cobham, Hammer, Tommy Bolin (guitar), and Leland “Lee” Sklar (bass) might convince listeners that they’ll catch Snoopy’s arch-nemesis before he does. The other outstanding tracks include: Stratus,” “Taurian Matador,” and “To The Women In My Life/Le Lis.”

Cobham’s collaborations with the late George Duke are legendary. Bolin gained fame with Deep Purple. Sklar continues to be a sought-after session musician. Hammer became a Grammy-winning composer; his most famous work is theme music for the TV series, Miami Vice.

This album is available in vinyl, CD, and MP3 format from major vendors. Please consider purchasing it from a local independent record store.

Here’s an interesting fact!

Manfred von Richthofen shot down as many as 80 Allied planes during World War I. Snoopy’s obsession with The Red Baron helped to inspire a 1967 pop hit for The Royal Guardsmen, a movie, and a trade mark for frozen pizzas.


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