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Billy Cobham 

 

 

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     Billy Cobham was perhaps THE fusion drummer of the 1970s.   He and his family moved from Panama to New York when he was three.  He spent time playing with a military band in the army, and then in 1968, spent eight months with Horace Silver.  After that, he he played with the jazz-rock band Dreams from 1969-70 and played with Miles Davis.   From 1971-73, he joined John McGlaughlin and the Mahavishnu Orchestra, where he became an influential force.

     He led his own band, Spectrum, from 1973 on, but by the late 1970s, he usually freelanced.  Since then, he has led electric bands periodically, as well as spent time teaching, and still remains a busy studio player.


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