Billy Cobham


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Incoming is a little-known Cobham recording from 1989 that was previously only available in Europe; fortunately, it has been released in the U.S. The music here is honest and intense, a severe departure from the fluff being recorded for the GRP label. Rita Marcotulli is a remarkable pianist who not only contributes dazzling solos, but also adds tonal colors throughout. Peter Wolpl's guitar playing is very diverse, ranging from fusion to bebop, all played with conviction. Fans of Cobham's windmill approach to the drums will cherish the introduction to "Caribbean Curry," while "Rhyth-Ma-Tix" is one of his strongest compositions since the early '70s, mostly due to the strong melody. The music here is very dense and will surely provide a worthwhile and extended listen. Highly recommended.

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