Billy Cobham Interview

40m · September 1, 2020

Billy Cobham Interview

Billy Cobham was the original drummer of Mahavishnu Orchestra and his 1973 solo album 'Spectrum' was a groundbreaking record featuring Tommy Bolin, Jan Hammer and Lee Sklar. He was inducted into the Modern Drummer Hall of Fame in 1987 and the Classic Drummer Hall of Fame in 2013. Cobham is most noted for his amazing dexterity and his soaring high-octane hybrids of jazz complexity and rock & roll aggression. He played with the jazz world's best guitarists as John McLaughlin, John Scofield, Dean Brown, Mike Stern and John Abercrombie. His work with Miles Davis brought him to prominence on albums as Bitches Brew and A Tribute to Jack Johnson. GUITAR TRAX hosted by Brian Tarquin featuring in- depth interviews with today’s hottest guitar legends and airs every Monday night from 10pm-12pm on WFIT 89.5FM on the Florida space coast and can be streamed on WFIT.org. In 2019 Tarquin received a Global Music Gold Award for his release Orlando In Heaven for “Best Album.” Three years in a row (2016-2019) Tarquin received “Best Album Of The Year” nominations from the Independent Music Awards for his releases Guitars For Wounded Warriors, Orlando in Heaven and Guitars for Veterans. On which, Tarquin shows his guitar prowess along side such world-class shredders as: Steve Morse, Larry Coryell, Mike Stern, Billy Sheehan, Gary Hoey, Bumblefoot (Guns N’ Roses), Reb Beach (Whitesnake), Hal Lindes (Dire Straits), Chris Poland (Megadeth) and Chuck Loeb (FourPlay). In 2006 SESAC honored him with the Network Television Performance Award. Tarquin has graced the Top Billboard Charts with such commercial releases as: This is Acid Jazz, Vol. 2, Sweet Emotions, and Bossa Brava: Caliente on Instinct Records, followed by several solo jazz albums, which charted Top 10 at Smooth Jazz Radio R&R and Gavin charts. Brian has appeared on 38 releases, selling over 140,000 records in his career.

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