Episode 99: Billy Cobham
Last Fall, Billy Cobham invited Rob Turner into his hotel room for a career-spanning discussion. This was between shows during the Atlanta stop of Cobham's tour in support of Crosswinds Project: Time Lapse Photos. Cobham talks about the ethos behind this project, and how he ended up finding JUST the right musicians for it. Billy also talks about the book Six Days At Ronnie Scotts's - a book written by his long-time friend Brian Gruber which examines Cobham's history, takes an inside look at how Billy puts a band together and is a lesson in jazz (and music) history in general. Billy also brings forth stories about working with Miles Davis on Bitches Brew, creating/recording/touring with Mahavishnu Orchestra, how his relationship with Merl Saunders led to him work with Muhammed Ali, how he ended up collaborating with members of The Grateful Dead and many, many other things. He also talks about how a powerful tree inspired one of his compositions, and an adventurous tribute to the Mahavishnu Orchestra that featured over 100 musicians (and why it was never released).
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