Billy Cobham – Stratus (Leaping Ahead #55)

Leaping Ahead Project 2016 #55: 160224

[A song from a band beginning with C]

Jazz fusion drummer Billy Cobham added ‘Stratus’ to his 1973 ‘Spectrum’ album. A tune later sampled many times over, perhaps most notably in Massive Attack’s ‘Safe from Harm’ from their 1991 Blue Lines album.

Fat Freddy’s Drop (A-Z #40)

Fat Freddy’s Drop are a 7-piece outfit hailing from Wellington, New Zealand where they formed in 1999. They play a multi-genre style including diversities from Techno to Rhythm & Blues, Reggae to Jazz and Dub to Soul along with anything else that just happens to slip into the mix.

Here’s ‘Wandering Eye’ from 2006 to give you a taster…

Billy Cobham

Billy Cobham’s claim to fame rose from a slot in the the 1960’s as Miles Davis’ drummer. Born in 1944, Cobham is now known as the world class authority on jazz fusion.

Stratus has been sampled countless times since its original release on his debut album ‘Spectrum’ in 1973. For example in ‘Safe from harm’ from Massive Attack’s 1991 album ‘Blue Lines’…

25 songs in 25 days #25

One song per day along with an explanation of why you picked it. Day 25 – a song you could listen to all day without getting tired of it

Today (15 July) is the last day in my 25 day song challenge. It’s been fun and I hope you’ve enjoyed reading (and watching) as much as I’ve enjoyed the choosing. As for today though, there are many songs that fall into this category for me, but just one that stands out…

Santana – Soul Sacrifice (1969)

Filmed at Woodstock in Bethal, NY state, this is both a video clip and song I can never tire of. Michael Shrieve on drums was just 20 here which made him one of the youngest people to perform. The band is sublime, but he’s on another level altogether. Santana at their utter best, capturing the vibe of a generation. Enough words. Watch, listen and enjoy. Then, as I shall – do it all over again.