Tuesday, March 3, 2015

Billy Cobham Mirror's Image Cleopatra 2015

Mirror's Image (Live)

An amazing rhythmic portrait of arguably the greatest drummer of all time!

Brent Black / www.criticaljazz.com

Billy Cobham's musical resume is well known to most fans, including time spent with Miles Davis and of course John McLaughlin and the Mahavishnu Orchestra yet his solo efforts are where his creativity begins to take on new dimensions and a three dimensional sonic depth of field that his contemporaries can only dream of. Mirror's Image is drawn from a 1992 show in Japan where both the crowd and Cobham feed off the energy of the other.

Cobham shows are long known for fresh arrangements of old favorites and the free harmonic reign to allow his musical co-conspirators to attempt to work a melodic tightrope without a net. Tunes such as "Street Urchin" and "Kinky Dee" are old school fusion kicked up a notch while the somewhat blues infused funk of "Leeward Winds" shows a different side to this rhythmic chameleon and what may be considered to be the apex of his creative muse.

This is classic Billy Cobham, a tour de force of sonic fury and finesse, the perfect storm!

5 Stars!

Personnel: Billy Cobham: Drums; Ira Coleman: Bass; Joe Chindamo: Keyboards.

Tracks: Mirror's Image; Street Urchin; Kinky Dee; Leeward Winds; Mirror Crack'd (CD Only); Layed Back Lifestyle (CD Only).