Germany/Finland 2009, 90 min., colour, concert film
Format: HDCAM/DVD, DA 88 5.1
Directed by: Mika Kaurismäki
Photography: Jacques Cheuiche
Sound: Uwe Dresch Editing: Oli Weiss
Production: Uwe Dresch Film Ltd.
Co-Production: Marianna Films, Marco Forster Productions, Doc
All compositions by Billy Cobham arranged by Scott Stroman
(except # 8, composed and arranged by Jukka Linkola)
1. On the Move
2. Torpedo Flo
5. Red Baron
7. A Story To Tell
8. Andy Boy
Billy Cobham (drums), featuring as special guest Randy Brecker
(trumpet), and Espoo Big Band
Espoo Big Band
Director: Martti Lappalainen
Saxophone: Mikko Mäkinen | Markus Holkko | Mikko Innanen
| Manuel Dunkel | Janne Murto
Trumpet: Lars Lindgren | Sami Pöyhönen | Teemu Mattsson
| Mika Mylläri
Trombone: Martti Lappalainen | Pekka Laukkanen | Valtteri Malmivirta
| Janne Laine
Piano: Lenni-Kalle Taipale
Guitar: Jarmo Saari
Bass: Eerik Siikasaari
Percussion: Jari-Pekka Karvonen
Drums: Eskelinen Rami
Conducted by: Scott Stroman
Master of ceremony: Chicago Beau
"MUSIC IS A WILD BEAST!" (Billy Cobham sen.)
Together with the internationally renowned Finnish Espoo Big
Band drummer Billy Cobham rehearses and plays own compositions.
Recorded in April 2005 in Espoo, Finland.
ABOUT ESPOO BIG BAND
The Espoo Big Band (EBB) is one of the finest Jazz orchestras
in Europe. It was founded and is conducted by Martti Lappalainen,
who was elected the Jazz musician of the Year and awarded the
Georgie-Prize by the Finnish Jazz Federation in 1986. The EBB
has been on stage at several international Jazz Festivals; Jazz
greats who have performed as soloists include Freddie Hubbard,
Slide Hampton, Thad Jones, Bill Watrous, Ray Anderson, Diane Schuur,
Art Farmer, Carla Bley, Maria Schneider, Ray Charles, Kevin Mahogany
and Trilok Gurtu.
BILLY COBHAM (drummer, percussionist, composer, producer, author,
Ever since his breakthrough in the early 1970´s - as a founding
member of the Mahavishnu Orchestra, and as a drummer/leader whose
recordings and powerful, complex style of play exerted a strong
influence on the course of jazz and jazz-fusion - Billy Cobham
has remained a tireless musical explorer.
Panamanian by birth, a New Yorker by upbringing, and a resident
of Switzerland for more than 25 years, Cobham has pursued an ever-broadening,
ever-deepening engagement with the world not only as a master
drummer and percussionist but as a composer, producer, educator,
and clinician who gives service through music even as he constantly
expands his personal creative expression.
Cobham´s newest recording, Fruit from the Loom - released
in April 2008 through his own imprint, Creative MultiMedia Concepts,
Inc. (CMMC) - is a suitably wide-ranging representation of his
roots and his journeys. He reprises two of his best-known compositions
from the ´70s, ´Spectrum´and ´Crosswinds´,
by incorporating violin on the former and steel pan on the latter.
"I´ve always found it difficult to focus upon one direction
in music", Cobham notes, "so I´ve resigned myself
to projecting ideas and thoughts through a musical kaleidoscope,
from Latin to rock and jazz. This version of ´Spectrum´
is a testament to that idea."
Cobham is also the centerpiece of a new 90-minute documentary
by director Mika Kaurismäki entitled Billy Cobham Espoo Big
Band, featuring as special guest trumpeter Randy Brecker.
By the turn of the century Cobham had introduced ´The Art
of Jazz´ series, recording and touring extensively first
with the Art of 3 (Kenny Barron, Ron Carter), then the Art of
4 (Carter, Donald Harrison, James Williams) and the Art of 5 (Harrison,
Guy Barker, Eric Reed or Julian Joseph, Orlando Le Fleming). He
also worked with Culture Mix (featuring steel pan player Junior
Gill), recording two albums with them for CMMC, and in 2003 reactivated
´Spectrum´ as a band that revisits the music of that
"Music will tell the world who you are, based on what you
present and how you present it. You can´t lie through this
Billy Cobhams collaboration with Finnish director Mika Kaurismäki
started in 2006. Since then Mika has presented five music films
starring Billy Cobham as protagonist within various musical and
Nonetheless Mika is familiar with Billy´s recorded music
for many more years, as he, in his adolescence, had learned to
play the drums. Eventually they met in person - 4 years ago. What
a beautiful match!
MIKA KAURISMÄKI (film director, author, producer)
Born on 21 September 1955 in Orimattila, Finland. From 1999 to
2001 he run a music club in Rio de Janeiro,
Mika´s Bar. In these years he also worked on his first music
film, the road movie MORO NO BRASIL (2002), with concert recordings
shot in his club. His next music film, BRASILEIRINHO, was premiered
in 2005 at the Internation Filmfestival Berlin. All in all Mika
has directed so far 10 music films, 6 of which feature Billy Cobham.
His filmography comprises all in all 30 films, the majority of
which received eminent awards.