:::Total Eclipse:::

Posted: Monday, 10 March 2008 by jazzlover in Etykiety: , , ,

This is Billy Cobham's third solo recording under his own name and is a fine follow-up to Crosswinds. The mini-suite "Solarization" not only showcases the band's technical abilities, but also Cobham's strong compositional skills. It also features a schizophrenic piano solo ("Second Phase") from the underrated pianist Milcho Leviev, who sounds like a mutation of Cecil Taylor and Bill Evans. The funky "Moon Germs," on which John Abercrombie is pushed to inspiring new heights, became a Cobham classic. "The Moon Ain't Made of Green Cheese" is a beautiful flugelhorn solo by Randy Brecker backed by Cobham's debut on piano. The band stretches out on the lengthy "Sea of Tranquility," while "Last Frontier" is a gratuitous drum solo. This recording is highly recommended as Cobham still sounds inspired.
:::By Robert Taylor:::

Billy Cobham – Total Eclipse (1974)

1. Solarization 11:10
I. Solarization 3:00
II. Second Phase 1:43
III. Crescent Sun 2:40
IV. Voyage 2:56
V. Solarization – Recapitulation 0:50
2. Lunaputians 2:32
3. Total Eclipse 5:59
4. Bandits 2:30
5. Moon Germs 4:55
6. The Moon Ain't Made of Green Cheese 0:58
7. Sea of Tranquility 10:44
8. Last Frontier 5:22

Bass [Electric] - Alex Blake
Drums, Drums [Traps] , Timpani [Tympany] - Billy Cobham
Engineer [Assistant] - Bob Warner
Flute, Saxophone [Soprano, Tenor] - Michael Brecker
Guitar [Electric], Acoustic Guitar [Ovation] - John Abercrombie
Keyboards - Milcho Leviev
Producer - Billy Cobham , Ken Scott
Remix, Engineer - Ken Scott
Trombone [Tenor, Bass] - Glenn Ferris
Trumpet, Flugelhorn - Randy Brecker
Written By, Arranged By - Billy Cobham

Recorded at Atlantic Recording Studios and at Electric Lady Studios, New York, NY.
Re-mixed at Scorpio & Trident Studios, London.
Label: Wounded Bird
Catalog#: WOU8121

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