Billy Cobham – Stratus (1973)
There is a great deal of enjoyment to be taken from spotting the original from which a recent (ish!) record has been sampled or developed. For all who enjoy such pleasures, I submit to you the inspiration behind Massive Attack’s seminal “Safe From Harm” – the opening track from their unimpeachable Blue Lines LP of 1991.
Billy Cobham had recorded with Miles Davis and the Mahavishnu Orchestra before finding time to record his first solo LP, Spectrum in 1973. This is blistering, ahem, jazz-funk – a perfect example of how every genre can deliver the goods when it wants to.
This version strips away the 3 minutes of noodling that precedes the river of bass kicking in … the full version and the whole Spectrum LP are worth a listen!