This is a live recording by the great drummer Billy Cobham with his new young band, done in Leverkusen (Germany) in November 2010 and it kicks ass! At age 67, Billy Cobham is still on top of his game and his drumming is just superb propelling the music to new heights, the band is top-notch, delivering an outstanding concert full of classic fusion and jazz-funk. One of my all-time favorite drummers!
The Darren Smith Band's "Keep the Spirit Alive" is meant to do just as the title says, keep the rock n' roll spirit alive and kicking. The album is stuffed to the brim with songs that focus themselves on the lighter side of life, good times, love trysts and good ol rock n roll. There's also a bitter little piece in here too but it doesn't darken the overall brighter picture. With Harem Scarem's ex-drummer turned frontman and band leader, ,he puts on a surprising show of song penning competency and a grittier take on the Harry Hess vocal sound. Maybe a little Paul Stanley flavor is thrown in here and there. His vocal prowess should not come as a shock, afterall he crooned the lead vocals on "Sentimental BLVD" on Harem Scarem's "Mood Swings" album, which was superb.