Billy Cobham – Reflected Journey (Live) (2015)
Artist: Billy Cobham
Title Of Album: Reflected Journey (Live)
Year Of Release: 2015
Genre: Jazz, Post Bop, Fusion, Funk/Soul
Label: Cleopatra Records
Quality: 320 kbps, 44.1 Khz
Total Time: 42:49
Total Size: 103 MB
01. Prime Time (Live) ( 9:53)
02. Key Jane (Live) (11:10)
03. Reflected Journey (Live) (11:25)
04. Crescent Sun (Live) ( 5:10)
05. Shabaz (Live) ( 1:30)
06. Improvisation (Live) ( 3:38)
Much to the excitement of drummers and jazz aficionados worldwide, drum legend Billy Cobham will be releasing two live albums on Cleopatra Records. The first is ‘Mirror’s Image‘ on February 17 (CD & VINYL), followed by ‘Reflected Journey‘ on April 28 (CD). The albums are 2 parts of the same show recorded in Tokyo on February 15, 1992.
February 1992 saw Cobham, Coleman and Chindamo arrive in Japan, and it was there, in Tokyo on February 15, that they performed the breathtaking show from which these two albums have been drawn. Japanese audiences, says Cobham, are among his favorite in the world, and the feeling was clearly mutual. The audience’s enthusiasm never lapses, and he rewarded them with a selection of songs that traveled back across his entire career – “Crescent Sun,” reaching all the way back to 1974’s sophomore effort, ‘Total Eclipse’; “Shabazz,” from the 1975 album of the same name.
The evening also looked towards the future – “Reflected Journey,” a magnificent piece that would later title one of Chindamo’s own solo albums; “Prime Time,” “Key Jane”…. And all of them reworked and rearranged for the demands of the night, and the skills of the three piece. On record, Cobham habitually introduced fresh players, fresh instrumentation, and allowed their interpretations to flavor the individual compositions. In concert, whole new rearrangements were called for, and it was a mark of the talents with which he surrounded himself that every fresh revision felt somehow definitive; every one opened new doors through which the improvisations could stroll. Tonight in Tokyo, those doors were open as wide as they have ever been.
Cobham remembers the night, hot and tight before one of his favorite audiences in the world. His latest album, ‘By Design’, was still fresh on the shelves and of course it would dominate the show, the epic “Mirror’s Image,” the raucous “Street Urchin” and the playful “Kinky Dee” taking off from the CD for fresh destinations unknown. On record, Ernie Watts’ sax was an integral part of the show; on stage, the trio moved in fresh directions and the music soared accordingly.