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Pete Cosey

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Pete Cosey is a guitarist most famous for playing with Miles Davis' band between 1973 and 1975. His fiercely flanged and distorted guitar bore comparisons to Jimi Hendrix. Cosey has kept a low profile for much of his career (he has released no solo recorded works), though he remains an active player. Prior to joining the Miles Davis band in 1973, Cosey was a busy session guitarist with Chess Records, playing on records by Etta James, Rotary Connection, Howlin' Wolf and Muddy Waters (Electric Mud). Cosey was also an early member of Chicago's Association for the Advancement of Creative Musicians (AACM)

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Article: Album Review

Junius Paul: Ism

Read "Ism" reviewed by Emmanuel Di Tommaso


Il bassista e contrabbassista Junius Paul rappresenta dagli inizi degli anni 2000 l'anima ritmica della scena jazz di Chicago: già collaboratore di Makaya McCraven in Universal Beings (International Anthem, 2018), uno dei dischi jazz rivelazione degli ultimi anni, Paul è membro fra i più attivi della Art Ensemble of Chicago e dell'Association for the Advancement of ...

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Article: Multiple Reviews

Miles Ahead Soundtrack / Live in Tokyo 1975

Read "Miles Ahead Soundtrack / Live in Tokyo 1975" reviewed by Geno Thackara


Miles Davis / Various Artists Miles Ahead (motion picture soundtrack) Sony Legacy 2016 It's hard to imagine why the world would ever need yet another Miles Davis compilation. We're talking about a catalogue big enough to fill its own library and eclectic enough to give you whiplash for the ...

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Article: Album Review

Miles Davis: Miles Davis at Newport 1955-1975: The Bootleg Series Vol. 4

Read "Miles Davis at Newport 1955-1975: The Bootleg Series Vol. 4" reviewed by Maurizio Comandini


Il criterio utilizzato dai produttori della Sony Legacy, per questo quarto box della eccellente 'The Bootleg Series,' è piuttosto interessante e singolare: il legame che lega assieme varie performance di Miles Davis con i suoi vari gruppi, non è quello temporale come succede di solito, ma bensì quello spaziale, per di più preso in senso molto ...

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Article: Album Review

Jon Lundbom & Big Five Chord: Jeremiah

Read "Jeremiah" reviewed by Mark Corroto


The seventh album by guitarist Jon Lundbom and his septet Big Five Chord leaves little room for fence sitters. His music, like fellow band members Jon Irabagon and Moppa Elliott of Mostly Other People Do The Killing, walks the razor's edge between clamorous and cultured. It's comfort is often the discombobulation. That said, isn't that what ...

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Article: Book Excerpts

Listen to This: Miles Davis and "Bitches Brew"

Read "Listen to This: Miles Davis and "Bitches Brew"" reviewed by Victor Svorinich


The following is an excerpt from the “MUSIC" chapter of Listen to This: Miles Davis and “Bitches Brew" by Victor Svorinich (University Press of Mississippi, 2015). Call It Anything “I'd like to say one thing about Miles Davis. One time he said to me, 'Hey Wayne, do you get tired of ...

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News: Recording

Akira Sakata, Pete Cosey, Hamid Drake, Bill Laswell - Two Releases Out On M.O.D. Technologies As Part Of Incunabula Digital Series

Akira Sakata, Pete Cosey, Hamid Drake, Bill Laswell - Two Releases Out On M.O.D. Technologies As Part Of Incunabula Digital Series

Akira Sakata with Bill Laswell, Pete Cosey, Hamid Drake KAIGARABUSHI - BILL LASWELL REMIX Japanese free jazz icon Akira Sakata in collaboration with the legendary guitarist Pete Cosey (Miles Davis, Muddy Waters, Howlin Wolf), drummer Hamid Drake and bassist Bill Laswell. A remix of a track from the album fisherman's.com released in 2001, it offers traditional ...

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Article: Extended Analysis

Chris Kelsey & What I Say: The Electric Miles Project

Read "Chris Kelsey & What I Say: The Electric Miles Project" reviewed by Jeff Dayton-Johnson


Trumpeter Miles Davis' post-Bitches Brew (Columbia, 1970), pre-hiatus (1975-1981) electric music--dense, loud, dark, funky, vast--has posed problems for musicians. The Yo Miles! collective, led by trumpeter Wadada Leo Smith and guitarist Henry Kaiser, gamely approached it as a repertoire: these are songs, they seemed to say; let's just play them (and so they did, on albums ...

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Article: We Travel the Spaceways

Taking stock, a year half over

Read "Taking stock, a year half over" reviewed by Mark Corroto


This month, at the halfway point in the year of music, we are taking stock, and there have been so many great discs released. Here is my list (in no particular order) of the best albums so far. I predict many of these will make final top ten 2013 lists. Sorry, I couldn't keep my list ...

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Article: Album Review

Naked Truth: Ouroboros

Read "Ouroboros" reviewed by Jeff Dayton-Johnson


With apologies to the late guitarist Pete Cosey (who led a band by the name), the members of Naked Truth are bona fide “children of Agharta." That is, the group--led by bassist-guitarist Lorenzo Feliciati--has absorbed and adapted the lessons of trumpeter Miles Davis's exhausting, tectonic live recording Agharta (Columbia, 1975) so well that Davis' disc can ...


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