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Billy Cobham

dr, perc, *1944 CH, Colón Province
Musician / Composer of Jazz and Latin
A.k.a. William Emanuel Cobham

William Emanuel "Billy" Cobham (born May 16, 1944) is a Panamanian American jazz drummer, composer and bandleader, who permanently relocated to Switzerland during the late 1970s.Cobham came to prominence in the late 1960s and early 1970s with trumpeter Miles Davis and then with Mahavishnu Orchestra, and on countless CTI releases. According to AllMusic's reviewer, Cobham is "generally acclaimed as fusion's greatest drummer". He has an influential style that combines explosive power and exacting precision. He was inducted into the Modern Drummer Hall of Fame in 1987.

  • Drums
  • Percussion
  • Synthesizer
  • Jazz
  • Latin
  • R&B/Soul
  • Rock
Popular Tracks   
The Moon Ain't Made of Green Cheese on Total Eclipse by Billy Cobham
Red Baron on Spectrum by Billy Cobham
To the Women in My Life on Spectrum by Billy Cobham
Heather on Crosswinds by Billy Cobham
Stratus on Spectrum by Billy Cobham
Searching for the Right Door on Spectrum by Billy Cobham
Le Lis on Spectrum by Billy Cobham
Shadow on Drum'n'voice - All that groove by Billy Cobham
Llanera on De Cuba y de Panamá by Billy Cobham & Asere
Introduction to "Ruby" on Spaces Revisited by Various Artists

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Band Members

Title Artist Year Type
Don't Forget To Go HomeEmanuel Satie, Billy Cobham2018Single
Drum 'N' Voice Vol.1-2-3-4 The Complete SeriesBilly Cobham2017Compil.
Broad HorizonBilly Cobham & Frankfurt Radio Big Band2016Album
Drum 'N' Voice Vol. 4Billy Cobham Featuring Eumir Deodato, Frank Gambale, Brian Auger, Stanley Jordan, Novecento, Gregg Brown2016Album
Live 1976 From New York Hofstra PlayhouseBilly Cobham2016Album
Live 1978 From Montreux Jazz FestivalBilly Cobham2016Album
Ayajala LiveBilly Cobham2015Album
Mirror's ImageBilly Cobham2015Album
Juice (Know The Ledge) / The Pleasant PheasantEric B. & Rakim / Billy Cobham2015Single
Spectrum 40 LiveBilly Cobham2015Album
Reflected JourneyBilly Cobham2015Album
Live 1975 From Dallas Electric BallroomBilly Cobham2015Album
The Atlantic Years 1973-1978Billy Cobham2015Album
Tales From The Skeleton CoastBilly Cobham2014Album
PalindromeBilly Cobham2013Album
Compass PointBilly Cobham2013Album
Original Album SeriesBilly Cobham2012Album
Drum 'N' Voice Vol.1-2-3 The CollectionBilly Cobham2011Compil.
Rock The TablaHossam Ramzy Featuring A.R. Rahman, Billy Cobham, Manu Katché, Omar Faruk Tekbilek2011Album
Drum N Voice Vol. 3Billy Cobham2010Album
Make My DayOrrenmaa Band With Billy Cobham & Tower Of Power Horn Section2009Album
Billy Cobham & Espoo Big BandBilly Cobham & Espoo Big Band2009Album
De Cuba Y De PanamáBilly Cobham And Asere2008Album
Alexander Shulgin's Songbook. Triptych, Part 3Billy Cobham, Bob James, John Patitucci, Richard Cottle, Snake Davis, Richard Niles, Garry Husband, Janek Gwizdala2008Album
Live At 60Billy Cobham2007Album
A Latin SoulBilly Cobham & Asere2007Album
Drums For The Soul - Live At Drums'n'Percussion Paderborn 2005Billy Cobham2007Single
Cobham Meets BellsonBilly Cobham Meets Louis Bellson2007Album
The Art Of FourBilly Cobham2006Album
Meeting Of The Spirits (A Celebration Of The Mahavishnu Orchestra)Billy Cobham, Colin Towns, hr Bigband2006Album
Drum 'N' Voice 2 (due)Billy Cobham2006Album
Drum 'N' Voice Vol. 1 + 2 All That GrooveBilly Cobham2006Compil.
Introducing Billy CobhamBilly Cobham2006Compil.
RadioactiveBilly Cobham2005Compil.
New York Cool - Live At Blue NoteDonald Harrison, Ron Carter, Billy Cobham2005Album
The Art Of FiveBilly Cobham2004Album
Live In Japan 2003 Vol. 2The Art Of Three / Billy Cobham Feat. Ron Carter, Kenny Barron2004Album
Live In Japan 2003The Art Of Three / Billy Cobham Feat. Kenny Barron, Ron Carter2003Album
Shadow / I Want You BackBilly Cobham2003Album
Culture MixBilly Cobham2002Album
World Of Rhythm LiveHerbie Hancock, Ron Carter, Billy Cobham2002Album
Drum 'n' Voice - All That GrooveBilly Cobham2001Album
The Art Of ThreeBilly Cobham featuring Ron Carter / Kenny Barron2001Album
Rudiments - The Billy Cobham AnthologyBilly Cobham2001Compil.
Many Years BCBilly Cobham2000Compil.
Technics DVD Edition II Technics Jazzport Festival 2000Billy Cobham, Me'Shell NdegéOcello, Andreas Vollenweider, Sandy Dillon, Nils Petter Molvær, Rabih Abou-Khalil, Diana Krall2000Album
Live In RomeBilly Cobham2000Album
Billy Cobham Presents North By NorthwestBilly Cobham Presents North By Northwest2000Album
Hope StreetBilly Cobham presents Ensemble New1999Album
Off ColorBilly Cobham Presents Nordic1999Album
Magic / Simplicity Of Expression, Depth Of ThoughtBilly Cobham1998Compil.
FocusedBilly Cobham1998Album
The First SecondParadox Featuring Billy Cobham, Wolfgang Schmid, Bill Bickford1998Album
Mississippi Knights LiveBilly Cobham1998Album
Crosswinds / ShabazzBilly Cobham1998Compil.
NordicBilly Cobham1998Album
Un Batteur ExplosifBilly Cobham1997Compil.
ParadoxParadox Featuring Wolfgang Schmid, Bill Bickford, Billy Cobham1996Album
Oscar Plays The GiantsOscar Peterson With Guests Billy Cobham • Niels-Henning Ørsted Pedersen1995Album
Live At The GreekStanley Clarke, Larry Carlton, Billy Cobham, Deron Johnson & Najee1994Album
The TravelerBilly Cobham1994Album
Gathering Of Minds / Montreaux 23/07/83Allan Holdsworth, Jack Bruce, Didier Lockwood, David Sancious, Billy Cobham1993Album
Hurricane!Herbie Hancock Trio : Herbie Hancock With Ron Carter & Billy Cobham1992Album
By DesignBilly Cobham1992Album
MagamusicaMario Rosini Feat. Billy Cobham1991Album
Herbie Mann - Billy CobhamHerbie Mann / Billy Cobham1991Compil.
Frank Nimsgern Featuring Chaka Khan & Billy CobhamFrank Nimsgern Featuring Chaka Khan & Billy Cobham1991Album
LiveMahavishnu Orchestra − John McLaughlin, Jan Hammer, Billy Cobham, Jerry Goodman, Rick Laird1990Album
IncomingBilly Cobham1989Album
Cannes Jazz - Live At MidemBilly Cobham1989Album
Billy's Best HitsBilly Cobham1988Compil.
Tekno ModeLeonard Washington With Gato Barbieri And Billy Cobham1987Album
Picture ThisBilly Cobham1987Album
Same Ole LoveBilly Cobham1987Album
PowerplayBilly Cobham1986Album
Zanzibar BreezeBilly Cobham1986Album
I Love Contemporary JazzBilly Cobham1986Compil.
WarningBilly Cobham1985Album
Johannes Faber's ConsortiumConsortium Feat. Billy Cobham, Dave King, Christof Lauer, Joerg Reiter1985Album
I'm AliveInfra Steff with Billy Cobham and Craig Steward1984Album
When Sun Lights Up The FutureBilly Cobham & George Adams Featured By The Johannes Faber Quintet1984Album
Smokin'Billy Cobham's Glass Menagerie, Billy Cobham · Dean Brown · Gil Goldstein · Tim Landers1983Album
CargoJuraj Galan, Norbert Dömling, Billy Cobham1982Album
Est-Ce Bien Raisonnable !Philippe Sarde Interprété Par Stan Getz, Billy Cobham, Eddy Louiss1981Single
Live: Flight TimeBilly Cobham1981Album
The Best Of Billy CobhamBilly Cobham1980Compil.
InterviewDavid Bendeth, Billy Cobham1979Album
B.C.Billy Cobham1979Album
What Is Your Fantasy / Bring Up The House LightsBilly Cobham1979Single
The Best Of Billy CobhamBilly Cobham1979Compil.
Inner ConflictsBilly Cobham1978Album
AlivemutherforyaBilly Cobham · Steve Khan · Alphonso Johnson · Tom Scott1978Album
Simplicity Of Expression - Depth Of ThoughtBilly Cobham1978Album
BolinasBilly Cobham1978Single
On A Magic Carpet RideBilly Cobham1977Single
MagicBilly Cobham1977Album
Puffnstuff / AC/DCBilly Cobham1977Album
Life & TimesBilly Cobham1976Album
ShabazzBilly Cobham1975Album
A Funky Thide Of SingsBilly Cobham1975Album
Total EclipseBilly Cobham1974Album
CrosswindsBilly Cobham1974Album
Spectrum/CrosswindsBilly Cobham1974Compil.
Crosswind / Le LisBilly Cobham1974Single
Moon GermsBilly Cobham1974Single
Stratus (Part I)Billy Cobham1973Single
SpectrumBilly Cobham1973Album
Hotter Than JulyBilly CobhamAlbum
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