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Crosswinds [VINYL]

Billy Cobham Vinyl
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  • Vinyl (24 Sep 2001)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Label: Jazz
  • ASIN: B00005K3MN
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 56,631 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Spanish Moss - A Sound Portrait: Spanish Moss
2. The Pleasant Pheasant
3. Heather
4. Crosswind

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22 of 22 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Well here's something a little different 23 Sep 2005
Format:Audio CD
I don't know how you got here, but you've come to the right place. No less than two of my Desert Island Discs are on this album (Storm and Heather - though, at a push, I'd take just Heather). Billy Cobham comes up with some really funky tracks here with a 'wind' theme that links from one to the other. Storm is the ultimate windy track being just BC wreaking havoc on the drums. With the storm bell in the background between tracks and the rather unusual changes of pace, this is both uplifting and haunting stuff. Real odd, real good. Heather though is just soooo mellow, why don't we hear it used elsewhere?
No other album has had the effect on me as this one.
Hint: turn the volume up very high for Storm. Don't forget to turn it back down again after.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
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Format:Audio CD
The second of Billy Cobham's solo albums after leaving The Mahavishnu Orchestra, Crosswinds combines the blitzkreig funk of Spectrum, its predecessor, with the ethereal beauty of a tone poem.
Among the many things to listen out for are Michael Brecker's slow-burning tenor sax rising to full power on 'Heather', and John Abercrombie's screaming guitar on 'The Pleasant Pheasant'.
Of all of the jazz rock recordings of the 1970s, this is the one that converts the non-believers. This is proof positive that Billy Cobham is one of the greatest jazz drummers, yet it is not an exercise in sheer power. Its subtlety and fierce groove make it something for the head, the heart and the hips!
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5.0 out of 5 stars An incredible second album! 8 Dec 2012
Format:Audio CD
BC. is one of the greatest drummers for all time.His imaginity,powerfull double bass,variety of patters are presented here.Among winds,here are violently storms,can you imagine this beutiful music?Backed by such excellent musicians like Brecker Bros.which were in a previous band Dreams where Billy was(both issued from Bgo records).A must have in every collection!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars 22 July 2014
By Trisha
Format:Vinyl|Verified Purchase
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27 of 27 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fusion was maturing 10 Feb 2003
By D. M. Paine - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
Billy Cobham made this album at a pivotal point. The original Mahavishnu Orchestra had disbanded, John McLaughlin was wallowing, and jazz purists were beginning to complain about the rock influence. Billy helped show a new direction. Crosswinds opening suite has lush and sophisticated horn arrangments, soothing a subtly intense rhythm. The effect is like night, tropical breezes, just as he wants to convey. You can almost hear the ocean, the music of the wild Caribbean (no steel drums of course, just cool). The rest of the album alternates between hot and cool, with some funky fusion and a beautiful extended piece, Heathers, near the end, featuring a trombone solo that sounds like the soundtrack to a loving and relaxing dream. The album is inspired, Billy at his creative best, showing the jazz world a new dimension that fusion had not shown before. At 35 minutes it is a little short, but we have quality here, not quantity. This album belongs in any jazz or fusion collection.
24 of 24 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Exquisite 13 Sep 2005
By Hector Reyes-erazo - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
"Crosswinds" has been in my vinyl collection since 1974, when I first picked up a copy at King Karol Records on 42nd Street in Manhattan. Well, I recently became reacquainted with this recording after picking up a CD copy at a "oh so trendy" record store in Haight-Ashburry, San Francisco. As I did then, I played the new CD over and over again, completely enraptured by Cobham's "Ripley's Believe or Not" staccatto drumming and Lee Pastora's smoking Latin percussion. Joined by the Brecker Brothers, George Duke, John Abercrombie, Alex Blake, John Williams, Garnett Brown and other great luminaries of early jazz fusion, Cobham and his willing partners beat and shape a veritable masterpiece. Drive along Big Sur and take in the vast and dramatic California skies and scarred bluffs and you'll begin to undertand what hues of emotions this exquisite recording conjures. Crosswinds alternates between adrenaline musical rushes and absolute sublime chill, creating a perfectly balanced sinuous stream of sound. Simply exquisite!
21 of 21 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Crosswinds sweeps you onto a the crest of a wave 21 April 2000
By NDBx - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
I got this album as a gift in 1974 when I was 19 years old. My unsuspecting sister had heard the name Billy Cobham, but did not realize what a masterpiece she had placed in my hands. Although a virtuoso drummer with monstrous chops, Billy doesn't let his virtuosity run away with him. Although those looking for impressive drumming will not be disapointed. His use of time on the the Crosswinds suite, his climactic "Storm" solo the driving end movement will satisfy drummers, air-drummers and percussion fans. This album exhibits Billy Cobham, composer and arranger. With a dark hues on his palette and a wide brush, Billy paints us quite a seascape. The "Pleasant Pheasant",one of my favorites, is energetic, driving, exciting and just a little bit funky. This features an exceptional and rhythmic drum solo. "Heather", what can I say about "Heather", hypnotic, seductive, well paced. It starts as a whisper of a siren's song and builds to what to date might be one of Michael Breckers most beautiful and haunting solos. This one is for the headphones, folks. "Heather" is worth the price of this recording alone. A stellar cast of musicians on this album work in concert and in symbiosis to produce one of the underated recordings in the "fusion" era. No pyrothechnics for it's own sake here. Impressive solo's abound within the context of the pieces. John Abercrombie, Michael Brecker, Randy Brecker, Garnett Brown, Lee Pastora ...etc., a dream team of musicians. This album should never have been gone this long from the CD shelves/racks/bins of music outlets. Few of Billy's recording measure up to this one in my opinion.
7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Crosswinds - sweeps us up on the crest of a wave 21 April 2000
By NDBx - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
I got this album as a gift in 1974 when I was 19 years old. My unsuspecting sister had heard the name Billy Cobham, but did not realize what a masterpiece she had placed in my hands. Although a virtuoso drummer with monstrous chops, Billy doesn't let his virtuosity run away with him. Although those looking for impressive drumming will not be disapointed. His use of time on the the The The interrelated Spanish Moss, Savannah the Serene, Storm and Flash Flood which comes off a suite. His climactic "Storm" solo the driving end movement will satisfy drummers, air-drummers and percussion fans. This album exhibits Billy Cobham, composer and arranger. With a dark hues on his palette and a wide brush, Billy paints us quite a seascape on the title suite. The "Pleasant Pheasant",one of my favorites, is energetic, driving, exciting and just a little bit funky. "Heather", what can I say about "Heather", hypnotic, seductive, well paced. It starts as a whisper of a siren's song and builds to what to date might be one of Michael Breckers most beautiful and haunting solo's. This one is for the headphones, folks. "Heather" is worth the price of this recording alone. A stellar cast of musicians on this album work in concert and in symbiosis to produce one of the underated recordings in the fusion era. John Abercrombie, Michael Brecker, Randy Brecker, Garnett Brown, Lee Pastora ...etc. provide a dream team line playing strongly within the context of the music and in musical symbiosis. This album should never have been gone this long from the CD shelves/racks/bins of music outlets. Few of Billy's recording measure up to this one in my opinion.
9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Awesome album, Terrible transfer to CD 26 Sep 2000
By A. Staub - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
The glowing reviews of the musical content of this classic album are all right on the money (5 stars). My cassette recording of this album made in 1977 sounds much better than this CD version, unfortunately. I used to play this album over and over on my turntable 25 years ago and never got tired of listening. Now, I barely sat through the CD version. There is none of the warmth and subtlety of the album version (even recorded onto cassette), and the dynamic range is a joke. The sound stage has only two dimensions (no depth), and the music completely lacks "body" and fullness. I was sooo psyched when I found that the album had been transferred to CD. I was profoundly disappointed when I received it and played it on my stereo system. If you have a stereo system with good resolution and you know this album, you'll probably be disappointed. If you don't understand what I am talking about here, then ignore this review and enjoy a great album.
I don't know whether the company that did the transfer doesn't know or doesn't care about the quality of a transfer of an album to CD, but I certainly will think long and hard before I buy another CD from it. The problems with this CD are also present in the new CD transfer of Cobham's Total Eclipse.
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