Is Billy Cobham the Best Drummer of the Past Half Century?

cobham2Forty years after releasing the breakthrough fusion album Spectrum, Billy takes an all star band on tour. And you get it see it. Live from the fabulous Mint in Los Angeles, Saturday night 9:00 p.m. Pacific Time at showgo.tv/clubs/themintla.

Billy Cobham is near and dear to us, so, excuse our bias. He was an early supporter of ShowGo.tv, and serves on our Board of Directors. But look at this resume: drummer for Miles Davis, played high school dances with Jimi Hendrix, part of the history making Mahavishnu Orchestra, producer of Spectrum, and decades playing with a who’s who of the world’s best musicians.

The original Spectrum band:

Billy Cobham, Drums Tommy Bolin , Guitar Jan Hammer, Keyboards Lee Sklar , Bass Guitar Joe Farrell, Soprano Sax Jimmy Owens, Trumpet and Flugelhorn John Tropea, Guitar Ron Carter, Acoustic Bass Ray Barretto, Congas

The artists joining Billy on the tour are: Jerry Goodman (violin), Dean Brown (guitar), Gary Husband (piano), and Ric Fierabracci (bass).

Some recent ShowGo.tv interviews and performance clips of Bill:

Donald Harrison, model for the lead character in HBO’s Treme, played with Billy and Ron Carter at the Blue Note just before the start of the tour and we had a chance to talk with them backstage.

When we were scouting clubs in Brazil for ShowGo.tv, Billy was performing with his European band (he’s lived in Switzerland these past three decades) at the Rio Das Ostras festival. Here’s a clip of the show that closed the event…

…and a chat with Billy between shows in the festival hotel dining room.

More footage from the tour, including opening night at B.B. King’s in New York, and backstage interviews before the show at the Mint, coming up. For now, DON’T FORGET TO TUNE IN Saturday night. 9:00 p.m. PST. Right here.

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