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Billy Cobham

Billy Cobham, born in Panama, had the decisive breakthrough in his career in 1974. In the jazz poll of "Melody Maker' he was voted the best drummer in the world, then the best "New Star', the "second best composer' after Duke Ellington and finally his first solo LP of the year'. I'm Playboy won the "All Star Jazz And Pop-Poll', and the readers of the jazz magazine'Downbeat' also considered him the best drummer in the world. Billy Cobham attended the New York Highschool Of Music And Art as a scholarship holder.

After that he immediately became a professional and played in 1967 and 1968 with Billy Taylor and the New York Jazz Sextet. He toured Europe with Horace Silver and also made 2 records with him. After his military service, Miles Davis took him to make three records. Cobham became a sought-after studio musician. He worked with James Brown, Isaac Hayes, Quincy Jones, Larry Coryell, Les McCann, Roberta Kelly, Herbie Mann and many others. He stepped out of his anonymity when John McLaughlin brought him into his Mahavishnu Orchestra.

But Cobham also had ideas as a composer, which he could not realize sufficiently in this formation. He retired from McLaughlin and started a solo career. A decision that can be described as correct today. His 4 successful long-playing records and his concert successes prove it. Original Press Release: WEA Music GmbH

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