Billy Cobham: Total Eclipse - LP 180g Vinyl

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1x LP Vinyl, Pure Analogue Recording, Virgin Vinyl Pressed at Pallas in Germany
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9.9.2021 in Germany
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1974 Label Atlantic Cat# SD 18121
Billy Cobham
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"Total Eclipse" - Billy Cobham (dr, p, arr); Mike Brecker (fl, ss, ts); Randy Brecker (tp, fgh); Glenn Ferris (tb); Milcho Leviev (keyb); John Abercrombie, Cornell Dupree (g); Alex Blake (b); David Earle Johnson, Sue Evans (perc) Ever since his time with John McLaughlin’s Mahavishnu Orchestra (1971–1973), the drummer Billy Cobham is one of electric fusion jazz’s greatest heroes. "Total Eclipse" was the third album he made as a leader within just a few months, and here again he composed all the numbers himself. In the opening 'suite' entitled "Solarization" (eleven minutes long) he already shows his broad and certainly refined stylistic spectrum. Cobham’s music leaps from high-energy jazz-rock with wild guitar and thundering volleys on the drums to highly original improvisations on the piano and winds. Smooth electric Latin grooves and gripping funky numbers are not missing either. Cobham’s handpicked band is bursting with virtuosos. A look at the names of the three-man wind section proves the point: Michael Brecker, Randy Brecker, Glenn Ferris are highlights in themselves. And the then 30-year-old band leader himself was the non plus ultra when it came to jazz-rock drumming technique – his amazingly rapid drum volleys are just as sensational today as they were then. With this album this exceptional drummer will thrill all fans of first-class fusion sound similar to Weather Report or Return To Forever. This Speakers Corner LP was remastered using pure analogue components only, from the master tapes through to the cutting head. All royalties and mechanical rights have been paid. Recording: 1974 Atlantic Recording Studios and at Electric Lady Studios, New York, N.Y. by Ken Scott Production: Billy Cobham & Ken Scott

Seit seiner Zeit in John McLaughlins Mahavishnu Orchestra (1971-1973) gehörte der Schlagzeuger Billy Cobham zu den großen Helden des elektrischen Fusion-Jazz. Total Eclipse war sein drittes Leader-Album innerhalb weniger Monate, und erneut hat er alle Stücke selbst komponiert. Schon die eröffnende “Suite“ namens Solarization (11 Minuten lang) zeigt ein breites und durchaus raffiniertes stilistisches Spektrum auf. Cobhams Musik springt von Hoch-Energie-Jazzrock mit aufgedrehter Gitarre und donnernden Schlagzeug-Salven hin zu eigenwilligen Klavier- oder Bläserimprovisationen. Auch smoothe Electric-Latin-Grooves oder packende Funk-Nummern sind mit dabei. In Cobhams handverlesener Band tummeln sich die Virtuosen. Allein schon die Namen der dreiköpfigen Bläsersektion – Michael Brecker, Randy Brecker, Glenn Ferris – bilden ein Highlight für sich. Und der damals 30-jährige Bandleader selbst verkörperte das Nonplusultra an jazzrockender Schlagzeugtechnik – die Dichte seiner Schlagfolgen wirkt noch heute sensationell. Mit diesem Album begeisterte der Ausnahme-Drummer alle Fans hochklassiger Fusion-Sounds in der Art von Weather Report oder Return To Forever.

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