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Crosswinds [Import, Original recording remastered]

Billy CobhamAudio CD
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (41 customer reviews)

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  • Audio CD (February 5, 2001)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import, Original recording remastered
  • Label: Rhino/Wea UK
  • ASIN: B000056OZZ
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (41 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #68,224 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Spanish Moss - A Sound Portrait
2. Spanish Moss
3. Savannah The Serene
4. Storm
5. Flash Flood
6. The Pleasant Pheasant
7. Heather
8. Crosswind

Editorial Reviews

2001 reissue of 1974 album, remastered from the original analogue tapes and packaged in a digipak.

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27 of 27 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fusion was maturing February 9, 2003
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
Billy Cobham made this album at a pivotal point. The original Mahavishnu Orchestra had disbanded, John McLaughlin was wallowing, and jazz purists were beginning to complain about the rock influence. Billy helped show a new direction. Crosswinds opening suite has lush and sophisticated horn arrangments, soothing a subtly intense rhythm. The effect is like night, tropical breezes, just as he wants to convey. You can almost hear the ocean, the music of the wild Caribbean (no steel drums of course, just cool). The rest of the album alternates between hot and cool, with some funky fusion and a beautiful extended piece, Heathers, near the end, featuring a trombone solo that sounds like the soundtrack to a loving and relaxing dream. The album is inspired, Billy at his creative best, showing the jazz world a new dimension that fusion had not shown before. At 35 minutes it is a little short, but we have quality here, not quantity. This album belongs in any jazz or fusion collection.
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24 of 24 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Exquisite September 12, 2005
Format:Audio CD
"Crosswinds" has been in my vinyl collection since 1974, when I first picked up a copy at King Karol Records on 42nd Street in Manhattan. Well, I recently became reacquainted with this recording after picking up a CD copy at a "oh so trendy" record store in Haight-Ashburry, San Francisco. As I did then, I played the new CD over and over again, completely enraptured by Cobham's "Ripley's Believe or Not" staccatto drumming and Lee Pastora's smoking Latin percussion. Joined by the Brecker Brothers, George Duke, John Abercrombie, Alex Blake, John Williams, Garnett Brown and other great luminaries of early jazz fusion, Cobham and his willing partners beat and shape a veritable masterpiece. Drive along Big Sur and take in the vast and dramatic California skies and scarred bluffs and you'll begin to undertand what hues of emotions this exquisite recording conjures. Crosswinds alternates between adrenaline musical rushes and absolute sublime chill, creating a perfectly balanced sinuous stream of sound. Simply exquisite!
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21 of 21 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Crosswinds sweeps you onto a the crest of a wave April 21, 2000
By NDBx
Format:Audio CD
I got this album as a gift in 1974 when I was 19 years old. My unsuspecting sister had heard the name Billy Cobham, but did not realize what a masterpiece she had placed in my hands. Although a virtuoso drummer with monstrous chops, Billy doesn't let his virtuosity run away with him. Although those looking for impressive drumming will not be disapointed. His use of time on the the Crosswinds suite, his climactic "Storm" solo the driving end movement will satisfy drummers, air-drummers and percussion fans. This album exhibits Billy Cobham, composer and arranger. With a dark hues on his palette and a wide brush, Billy paints us quite a seascape. The "Pleasant Pheasant",one of my favorites, is energetic, driving, exciting and just a little bit funky. This features an exceptional and rhythmic drum solo. "Heather", what can I say about "Heather", hypnotic, seductive, well paced. It starts as a whisper of a siren's song and builds to what to date might be one of Michael Breckers most beautiful and haunting solos. This one is for the headphones, folks. "Heather" is worth the price of this recording alone. A stellar cast of musicians on this album work in concert and in symbiosis to produce one of the underated recordings in the "fusion" era. No pyrothechnics for it's own sake here. Impressive solo's abound within the context of the pieces. John Abercrombie, Michael Brecker, Randy Brecker, Garnett Brown, Lee Pastora ...etc., a dream team of musicians. This album should never have been gone this long from the CD shelves/racks/bins of music outlets. Few of Billy's recording measure up to this one in my opinion.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Crosswinds - sweeps us up on the crest of a wave April 21, 2000
By NDBx
Format:Audio CD
I got this album as a gift in 1974 when I was 19 years old. My unsuspecting sister had heard the name Billy Cobham, but did not realize what a masterpiece she had placed in my hands. Although a virtuoso drummer with monstrous chops, Billy doesn't let his virtuosity run away with him. Although those looking for impressive drumming will not be disapointed. His use of time on the the The The interrelated Spanish Moss, Savannah the Serene, Storm and Flash Flood which comes off a suite. His climactic "Storm" solo the driving end movement will satisfy drummers, air-drummers and percussion fans. This album exhibits Billy Cobham, composer and arranger. With a dark hues on his palette and a wide brush, Billy paints us quite a seascape on the title suite. The "Pleasant Pheasant",one of my favorites, is energetic, driving, exciting and just a little bit funky. "Heather", what can I say about "Heather", hypnotic, seductive, well paced. It starts as a whisper of a siren's song and builds to what to date might be one of Michael Breckers most beautiful and haunting solo's. This one is for the headphones, folks. "Heather" is worth the price of this recording alone. A stellar cast of musicians on this album work in concert and in symbiosis to produce one of the underated recordings in the fusion era. John Abercrombie, Michael Brecker, Randy Brecker, Garnett Brown, Lee Pastora ...etc. provide a dream team line playing strongly within the context of the music and in musical symbiosis. This album should never have been gone this long from the CD shelves/racks/bins of music outlets. Few of Billy's recording measure up to this one in my opinion.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Very good
I really liked this disk and I already knew the artist. I would like to thank you for your attention.
Published 3 months ago by WASHIGTON GUSTAVO DANATRO GANDULFO
5.0 out of 5 stars great cd
I had heard this a long time ago so I bought it and it is awesome. I have a few of Cobham's cds and all his stuff is good.
Published 3 months ago by george
5.0 out of 5 stars Great CD
Cobham was at his best in this genre.The music is very nice and the guitar is cool. Good mix of jazz and fusion
Published 4 months ago by Robert Robinson
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome record!
Awesome quality and Billy Cobham is a master of his craft. My husband loved it and my 2 year old actually requests this record.
Published 6 months ago by H&J
5.0 out of 5 stars AWSOME!
THIS RECORDINGS ARE NOTHING SHORT OF THE HISTORY OF GREAT MUSIC AT IT'S VERY BEST! EVERYONE SHOULD PURCHASE THEM SO THEY WILL HAVE A SPECTACULAR INSIGHT INTO MUSICAL HISTORY AT... Read more
Published 12 months ago by wayne a hassel
5.0 out of 5 stars Billy Cobham cut his teeth with the Mahavishnu Orchestra with ultra...
John Mclaughlin's Mahavishnu Orchestra defined Jazz-Rock Fusion. The Inner Mounting Flame represents the peak of this musical stye. Read more
Published 12 months ago by Sterling A. Vaden
5.0 out of 5 stars Atlantic version vs Wounded Bird version
Love this album! Brought the 2000 Wounded Bird version of this CD some years ago.
Recently purchased this 2001 Atlantic (Remaster) Digapack version, in the case it might have... Read more
Published 18 months ago by Charl E Boy
5.0 out of 5 stars Music is subjective but this is a great Prog. Jazz album !
Sure music clams the savage breast and this album as well as 90% 0f BC's portfolio is great, but this album on the right sound system is wonderful. Read more
Published on June 29, 2012 by linnemeyerhere
1.0 out of 5 stars Wrong Cd in correct packaging
I was really looking forward to finally adding this CD to my collection, but was frustrated when I opened the Crosswinds package and found a different Billy Cobham album "Shabaz". Read more
Published on April 6, 2012 by Gooselator
1.0 out of 5 stars crosswinds
THIS IS WHAT I ORDERED, INSTEAD I GOT "SHABAZZ" (IN THE CROSSWINDS CD CASE. HOW DO I COMPLAIN TO AMAZON? NO PHONE # TO CALL, NO ONE TO COMPLAIN TO. Read more
Published on December 24, 2011 by ANGRY BIRD
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