Crosswinds (Billy Cobham album)

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Billy Cobham Crosswinds album cover.jpg
Studio album by
StudioElectric Lady Studios, New York City,
re-mixed at Trident Recording Studios, London, England.
GenreJazz fusion
ProducerWilliam E. Cobham, Jr., Ken Scott
Billy Cobham chronology
Total Eclipse

Crosswinds is the second album of fusion drummer Billy Cobham. The album was released in 1974 and it contains four songs total, all created by Billy Cobham. It features songs that are more mid-tempo and slow-tempo style as opposed to the prior Spectrum album which is composed with a very up-tempo rate that defined the majority of the following release (after Crosswinds), Total Eclipse also.

Professional ratings
Review scores
Allmusic3.5/5 stars[1]
The Rolling Stone Jazz Record Guide3/5 stars[2]
The Penguin Guide to Jazz Recordings3/4 stars [3]

Cover art[edit]

A photo taken by Billy Cobham himself is used for the cover art; it wraps around the spine to comprise both the front and back cover.

Track listing[edit]

All selections written by Billy Cobham.

Side one[edit]

  1. "Spanish Moss – 'A Sound Portrait'" – 17:08
    a. "Spanish Moss" – 4:08
    b. "Savannah The Serene" – 5:09
    Solos: Garnett Brown & George Duke
    c. "Storm" – 2:46
    Solo: Billy Cobham
    d. "Flash Flood" – 5:05
    Solos: Randy Brecker & John Abercrombie

Side two[edit]

  1. "The Pleasant Pheasant" – 5:11
    Solos: Lee Pastora, Michael Brecker, George Duke & Billy Cobham
  2. "Heather" – 8:25
    Solos: George Duke & Michael Brecker
  3. "Crosswind" – 3:39
    Solo: John Abercrombie


Chart performance[edit]

Year Chart Position
1974 Billboard 200 23[4]
1974 Billboard R&B Albums 19[4]
1974 Billboard Jazz Albums 2[4]


The song "Heather" was used as the basis for the Souls of Mischief's hit song "93 'til Infinity".


  1. ^ "Crosswinds - Billy Cobham". Retrieved 6 January 2011. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  2. ^ Swenson, J., ed. (1985). The Rolling Stone Jazz Record Guide. USA: Random House/Rolling Stone. p. 41. ISBN 0-394-72643-X.
  3. ^ Cook, Richard; Morton, Brian (2008). The Penguin Guide to Jazz Recordings (9th ed.). Penguin. p. 264. ISBN 978-0-141-03401-0. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  4. ^ a b c "Crosswinds - Billy Cobham | Awards | AllMusic". Retrieved 27 October 2013. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)

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