Review: Billy Cobham delight's Tampa Bay's jazz faithful at the Palladium Theater in St. Petersburg
Legendary jazz drummer Billy Cobham delighted Tampa Bay's jazz faithful on Friday by bringing a stellar lineup of contemporary jazz whizzes to St. Petersburg's Palladium Theater for a tour marking the 40th anniversary of his landmark album Spectrum.
Guitarist Dean Brown, keyboardist Gary Husband and bassist Rick Fierabracci were among the artists who joined Cobham to create the sort of show that, as Eric Deggans writes, doesn't come to Tampa Bay often enough:
Seated behind a massive drumkit with two bass drums, a sprinkling of electronic pads and an array of tomtoms, Cobham provided muscular, percolating rhythms with a power that matched his athletic physique. At age 69, he’s choosing his moments to shine more carefully, alternating funky backbeats and in your face grooves with explosive runs across his drumkit and the occasional solo moments.