In case you missed it live, here's the full Billy Cobham Drum Workshop from Saturday. Moderated by Mike Dawson (editor at Modern Drummer Magazine), Billy gets deep into the history of Spectrum and paints a picture of what was happening during that time.
In 1972, Billy was coming off the success of the Mahavishnu Orchestra with John McLaughlin. He'd done around 500 shows with the group in two and a half years, and was feeling like they were ready for a hiatus of sorts. Looking ahead past his future with the group, he wanted to put together a "sonic resume" of solo music - something he could use as his calling card to get other gigs. So he started to write and record with musicians he knew at the time, and the end result was Spectrum. Billy goes through the album track by track and also lays down some grooves from his secret drum bunker in Switzerland... this is definately something you don't want to miss!
"I wasn't about so much a lot of notes as much as a groove… I loved grooves, I loved laying it down and trying to sustain that. I found that being able to sustain a groove where everybody could dance to it or walk naturally was what made music what it is, really, in the minds of people." - Billy Cobham