Tag: Billy Cobham

Album Cover of the Week: The Billy Cobham/George Duke Band, “Live” On Tour in Europe

Album Cover of the Week: The Billy Cobham/George Duke Band, “Live” On Tour in Europe

Album Cover of the Week, Music
Credit for introducing me to this fantastic cover goes to one of my favorite record shops, Princeton Record Exchange, which recently posted it on their Facebook page. It's a joint effort between legendary jazz fusion drummer Billy Cobham and multi-instrument star George Duke, 1976's "Live" On Tour in Europe (Atlantic Records, SD 18194). And boy is it ever strange. If you weren't too skeeved out to keep reading, that's Billy Cobham on the left and George Duke on the right. Credit for this illustration goes to Jim Warren, who is no stranger to freaky cover art involving hands. That all said, this is a pretty damn good album, so check it out if you can. Just keep your eyes closed.
Sunday Jazz: Ron Carter’s “Empire Jazz”

Sunday Jazz: Ron Carter’s “Empire Jazz”

Music, Sunday Jazz
For most of my life I assumed that when it came to other musicians offering their take on John Williams' timeless scores for the Star Wars trilogy, the be all and end all was Meco's Star Wars and Other Galactic Funk. Who hasn't gotten down to the stone cold disco groove of "Star Wars Theme/Cantina Band" at least once in their life? But it turns out there is actually more sweet Star Wars tuneage from that era. Take, for example, this week's Sunday Jazz entry. It's five tracks of the swingin' space jazz courtesy of legendary bassist Ron Carter -- Empire Jazz. And dig that cover art! It was released in 1980 on the RSO Records label. RSO (home of the Bee Gees) also distributed the official soundtrack for The Empire Strikes Back, so this release seems like a natural progression. OK, maybe no...