Billy Cobham live Vatroslav Lisinski Zagreb 1 of 3
Posted on 13/05/2010 by Golden Axe
Coming to prominence in the late 1960s and early 1970s with trumpeter Miles Davis and then with Mahavishnu Orchestra, Cobham is, in the words of Steve Huey, generally acclaimed as fusion’s greatest drummer with an influential style that combines explosive power and exacting precision, but in fact, his technical virtuosity was such that his flash could sometimes overwhelm his music.
Born in Panama, Cobham’s family moved to New York City during his early childhood. A drummer from his youth, Cobham attended New York’s High School of Music and Art, graduating in 1962.
He played in a U.S. Army Band from 1965 to 1968. Following his discharge, Cobham joined the group of pianist Horace Silver for about a year, also playing or recording with saxophonist Stanley Turrentine, organist Shirley Scott, and guitarist George Benson