Billy Cobham / Spectrum

Waxed over two days in May 1973 at Electric Lady Studios in NYC, and mixed at Trident in SoHo, London, Billy’s solo bow Spectrum is a watershed fusion of jazz and rock, and an extraordinary showcase for all the players, especially Messrs. Tommy Bolin and Jan Hammer, along with their bandleader.

Lee Sklar gets a rare opportunity to rock out with monster grooves rendered on his gritty, growing Fender P on “Quadrant 4", "Taurian Matador," "Stratus," and "Red Baron."

Ron Carter soulfully swings beneath the title track and "Le Lis." 

Oh, and the other cats on the date include Joe Farrell, Ray Baretto, and John Tropea. 

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