Contemporary Music / Music

Supremely Far Out – Bill Plummer and the Cosmic Brotherhood

Bill+PlummerSpoken word, acid, jazz, at times leaden sitar the accomplished American jazz bassist Bill Plummer created The Cosmic Brotherhood with a series of whacky releases of with Eastern and psychedelically-charged music that challenged contemporary ideas about jazz in the 1960s and employed some a terrible rhyming scheme for most of the lyrics. The instrumental works however, show is deftness on the strings and his capacity to crack genres together as if he were making an omelette.

Plummer’s psyche tracks involve chanting, melodic improvisation and and early electronic keys. Plummer to his credit studied under sitar guru Ravi Shankar and Herman Reinshagen. What happened to him afterwards? After working with the Rolling Stones, Miles Davis, Willie Nelson, Ry Cooder, Pat Boone, he has amassed over 50 years of professional performance as a classical musician, jazz musician, Americana bluegrass, and rock and roll performer, and his albums have become a crate digger’s dream.

Pictured is one of Plummer’s album covers, somehow this tall, angular American manages to pull this look off, other album covers reveal an interest in surrealism and of course, psychedelia.