Billy Cobham & George Duke, July 6 1976, Montreux

July 6, 1976, I attended this concert of the Billy Cobham & George Duke Band, at the Montreux Jazz Festival.
I had already seen Billy Cobham play with the Mahavishnu Orchestra as well as with his own band.
I had seen George Duke play with Frank Zappa twice, and here he was trying to recreate some of the atmosphere that used to happen on stage with Zappa.
Alphonso Johnson was Weather Report's bassist before he was replaced by Jaco Pastorius.
It was the first time I saw John Scofield, who has now become one of the most renown guitarists.



1976 Montreux Jazz Festival
George Duke, keyboards
Billy Cobham, Drums
Alphonso Johnson, Bass
John Scofield, Guitar

Two years before, I was also in the audience at this other Billy Cobham concert, and it was the first time I saw Randy & Michael Brecker playing live.
In this band there was also Glenn Ferris who had played with Frank Zappa.
What I remember about Milcho Leviev is that it was him who made the great arrangement of Blue Rondo a la Turk in the Al Jarreau record, Breaking Away.
About John Abercrombie, he's a legend and he's going to play here in Geneva in a few days (July 2016), with my friend Joey Baron with whom I studied at the Musicians Institute.





Billy Cobham : Drums
Michael Brecker : Tenor Saxophone
Randy Brecker : Trumpet
Glenn Ferris : Trombone
Milcho Leviev : Keyboards
John Abercrombie : Guitar
Alex Blake : Bass