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DISC 1
1. The Snaffler
2. Fragolino
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4. Egg Shells On My Head
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DISC 2
1. Mirage
2. Panama
3. Obliquely Speaking
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A magnificent 2CD set from a true legend of jazz, and fusion s greatest drummer, Billy Cobham, who has performed and composed along side such icons as Miles Davis, The Mahavishnu Orchestra, John McLaughlin, Santana, Quincy Jones, Herbie Hancock and others!

Recorded live at the Compass Point Hotel in the Bahamas in 1997, this outstanding concert recording has never before been released until now!

Packaged with deluxe liner notes containing personal reminiscences from Cobham and the other members of his band - Gary Husband (keyboards), Stefan Rademacher (bass), and Carl Orr (guitar) plus recording engineer Craig Bishop! --Official Press Release
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Product Details

  • Audio CD (June 18, 2013)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Label: Cleopatra
  • ASIN: B00CGUSQE4
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #137,729 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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I have a few CDs by Billy that were too mellow, I wanted the old BIlly back and this is it. The entire 2 CDs are great. Sound quality is perfect and Billy Kicks A__ just like in the old days. This is one to buy.
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Billy Cobham is one of the Keepers of the Fusion Flame.

All the players are playing with white hot musicianship.

Attention! This ain't no Kenny G, Kool Aid that is passed off as jazz.

Thanks, Billy for your dedication!!!!!
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This one is done with his peers, very accomplished musicians. He still got it. Great job on this live recording
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An incredible sonic reflection of Mr. Cobham and company's week at Compass Point Hotel, New Providence, Bahamas in 1997. The liner notes, which all band members contribute, add a dimension that almost makes you believe you were present as well!
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Billy's team of musicians are all moving in the same direction. Good team work and great performances with the compositions.
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Compass point is a live recording from 97 when Billy and his band did a show in New providence, Bahamas It was a strange gig because the fragile stage was built over a pool, It was an outdoor gig and a stom was coming and the keyboard player Gary Husband had to play on an out of tune piano. They ended up putting on a great show . The highlights on this double cd are Fragolino and Obliquely Speaking. Billy doesnt have the chops he had when he was younger but he still sounded good on this show. Billy and Gary were joined on stage by Carl Orr on guitar and Stefan Rademacher on bass.
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A c.d. like this is why I love jazz! We always enjoyed Billy Cobham, and so nice to hear he still Has It! A totally seductive c.d.!
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This is a live CD. Total time is right about 90 minutes.

I am giving this an extra star due to the excellent sound quality. It makes very good music that much more enjoyable.
This is what the CD technology was supposed to be all about. The sound is clear with a wide dynamic range. But, at the same time it has the warmth of a vinyl LP. This is unlike Cobham's GRP albums that pushed the new technology with crystal clear sound and punchy sounds....but those CDs sounded digital.

The group is a quartet of drums, guitar, bass and keyboards. Besides Cobham, I have not heard of any of the other musicians before, but they are all very good.

The music here is jazz fusion, similar to Cobham's early solo days, but not quite as daring. The compositions are generally longer (averaging over 10 minutes each) and a little more flowing and easy. It is just a subtle difference. It is not soft like some of Cobham's later works (which I really don't like). This might be his best album since the 1970s. I don't think the music is quite in the 5 star category because it isn't ground breaking, but with the sound quality, I am giving it 5 stars.

The album to get is the Stanley Clarke live album with Billy Cobham on it. There is just a sensational 20 minute duet between Clarke and Cobham on School Days.
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