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
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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