Billy Cobham drums
Scott Tibbs keys
Tim Landers bass
Mark Whitfield guitar
Paul Hanson bassoon / sax
William C. Cobham was born in Panama where he grew fond of percussion from watching his cousin play. At age three, his family moved to New York City and at age eight Billy made his percussion performance debut with his father.
He then played as a drummer in pianist Horace Silver‘s band and toured the U.S. with him throughout the late 1960s. He then left to partake in Miles Davis‘ fusion ensemble where he can be heard on Davis classics such as ‘Like-Evil’ and ‘A Tribute to Jack Johnson’.
Eventually Cobham parted ways from Davis’ group to work with John McLaughlin’s mighty Mahavishnu Orchestra, where he was able to further explore his technique and fusion style which influenced many for years to come.