William C. <!-- allmusic lists him as "William C. Cobham-->Cobham
(born May 16, 1944 in Panama
), is a Panamanian American jazz drummer
, who has called Switzerland home since the late 1970s.
Coming to prominence in the late 1960s and early 1970s with trumpeter Miles Davis
and then with Mahavishnu Orchestra
, Cobham is, in the words of Steve Huey, "generally acclaimed as fusion's
greatest drummer with an influential style that combines explosive power and exacting precision.
Early life and career
Born in Panama
, Cobham's family moved to New York City
during his early childhood. A drummer from his youth, Cobham attended New York's High School of Music and Art
, graduating in 1962.
He played in a U.S. Army Band
from 1965 to 1968. Following his discharge, Cobham joined the group of pianist Horace Silver
for about a year, also playing or recording with saxophonist Stanley Turrentine
, organist Shirley Scott
, and guitarist George Benson
Jazz fusion work
Cobham branched out to jazz fusion
, which blended elements of jazz
, rock and roll
, playing and recording with the Brecker Brothers
(notably on their 1970-founded group Dreams
), and guitarist John Abercrombie
, before recording and touring extensively with trumpeter Miles Davis
. Cobham's work with Davis appears on A......