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In the aptly titled "Spectrum," Cobham revealed his interest in, and aptitude for, rock and funk, as well as considerable compositional skills. Fans who were used to the more esoteric, odd-metered intensity of the wildly original Mahavishnu Orchestra might have been disappointed by the down-to-earth, straight time jams found in Billy's solo work, but those of us who appreciate a solid, funky groove along with hot solos immediately cottoned to this side of his personality. We also dug the fact that he could go from barnburner tracks like "Quadrant 4" and "Stratus" to the cool and jazzy "Le Lis" and it was the most natural thing in the world. Yeah, you could dig rock, you could dig jazz: it was all good.
"Crosswinds," "Spectrum," and "Total Eclipse," were mainstay albums in many collections during the '70s. Each one reveals different aspects of Mr. Cobham's special talents and tastes. In my humble opinion, they are essential listening for anyone interested in the evolution of jazz-rock.
I still find this to be one of Cobham's best releases. When Jan Hammer and Billy kick off 'Quadrant 4' you know they mean business. Not only does Cobham have great fusion chops, the man is flat-out funky! He can lay down the fattest grooves. Tommy Bolin scorches on the guitar. So sad he couldn't overcome his subsance abuse and left us much too early. What a talent!
Listen to Tommy and Hammer trade riffs in 'Taurian Matador', brilliant! Hammer is leading the charge and Bolin is right there with him, burnin' up the fretboard while Billy lends his usual brilliant support. This disc has remained a personal favorite of mine thru the years. Just a very solid effort from Billy and the boys. R.I.P Mr. Bolin
This album features the guitarist Tommy Bolin, who died from a drug overdose just as his career was taking off. His playing on this album, and outstanding interplay with Jan Hammer on keyboards, shows that he was a major talent cut short.
This is a good starting point for anyone wanting to explore the musical style.
world and e-musicans are trying to create music that is both dancible and sonically interesting. Moreover, "Spectrum" almost serves as a "how to manual" for making tasteful music from these genres. It features some very good musicians in Cobham, Jan Hammer, Tommy Bolin, Joe Farrell, Ron Carter, and others. I highly recommend it along with Jeff Beck's "Blow by Blow". Admittedly I rarely listen to either much anymore, but that tends to happen after a few hundred listens.
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Tommy Bolin and Jan Hammer are awesome on this album........simply great lp!!!Published 2 months ago by Fred L. Amerman
Bought more so to hear a different side to Tommy Bolin and it was worth it...just a fantastic musician.Published 4 months ago by consumer buyer
Knowing full well that this was Billy Cobham's debut as a leader following his departure from the Mahavishnu Orchestra? Read morePublished 9 months ago by Andre S. Grindle
Quite the surprise Spectrum is! One of my favorite guitar soloists in Tommy Bolin joins forces with Billy Cobham, a drummer for *another* one of my favorite bands in the... Read morePublished 9 months ago by Bryan
Very good album. One of the best drummers of all time. I first heard him with the Mahavishnu Orchestra
This was his first solo album after that. Read more
fusion music at it's best.. Jan Hammer lays down some ultra-fast keyboard licks on top of Cobham's polyphonic audibly perfect percussion.. Read morePublished 12 months ago by Everett Smiley
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