Posted in music on May 30, 2012

Pete Cosey

This morning, according to the private Facebook page of fellow guitarist and collaborator Vernon Reid, Chicago's own Pete Cosey died at 68... [Pete Cosey] was a classic musician's musician; he's not especially well-known, though he played on tons of classic records... Cosey was a key session musician at Chess Records in the 60s, appearing on sides by Howlin' Wolf, Muddy Waters, the Rotary Connection, and Etta James, and he worked with the great Phil Cohran in the latter's Artistic Heritage Ensemble. He's probably most famous, though (to the extent that he's famous at all), for his mind-melting work with Miles Davis in the early 70s: he played on the trumpeter's heaviest, most electric albums, including Agharta, Pangaea, and Get Up With It. After Davis broke up the band in 1975 and went into semi-retirement, Cosey was never able to build the solo career he so richly deserved. He used his guitar like an abstract expressionist painter, creating thick, richly textured solos with fierce rhythmic power, dazzling colors, and nonchalant violence. He continued to appear on records here and there, including Herbie Hancock's Future Shock and an album with Japanese saxophonist Akira Sakata, but he always seemed to be planning his own next project, which never quite materialized. -[Chicago Reader]
R.I.P. to guitarist Pete Cosey. Check out a few videos of him playing live with the great Miles Davis below.


Miles Davis (Live Montreux / 1973)

Miles Davis video - Japan 1973__Right Off

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Comments (17)

They always come in 3s! Who's next?

Posted by Anonymous | May 30, 2012 7:22 PM

Thanks for reminding me why I check this blog...dude was a flamethrower. Respect.

Posted by goAt | May 30, 2012 7:25 PM

Choked on ham sandwich

Posted by Anonymous | May 30, 2012 7:27 PM

More like fried chicken amirite

Posted by Anonymous | May 30, 2012 7:31 PM

It's getting to the point where we should have a separate Death Blog for dead pop stars, musicians , and rockers.

Posted by Anonymous | May 30, 2012 8:11 PM

Those Miles Davis albums were well done.

Posted by Anonymous | May 30, 2012 8:47 PM

One of the greatest jazz guitarists ever and he should've been way more famous than he was. RIP Pete!

Posted by Anonymous | May 30, 2012 9:33 PM

and Gene Ween lives on. Something ain't right..........

Posted by anonymous | May 30, 2012 10:07 PM


This morning, according to the private Facebook page of fellow guitarist and collaborator Vernon Reid,

Posted by han | May 31, 2012 2:40 AM

7:27 and 7:31...seek help. people who go on websites to make jokes about the death of people they didn't even know are pretty much the definition of mentally unstable. i'm sure you are both aware of how sad your respective lives are, but i thought i would reinforce it to you. you are both the kind of people that normal people will avoid all of your miserable lives. see ya!

Posted by Anonymous | May 31, 2012 7:56 AM

I liked his style although I prefer other jazz players. Just the same, I agree with 7:56 although I expect as much from the troll imbeciles that frequent this site (not all commentors, but there are a handful of true ignoramuses and blowhards).

Posted by Anonymous | May 31, 2012 8:11 AM

7:27, 7:31-wait until you grow up and death happens to someone you care about.
Respect to Pete's playing on AGHARTA.

Posted by anonymous | May 31, 2012 9:48 AM

it's ridiculous that there are only 12 comments about this great, great player and half of the comments are in poor taste... somtimes the readership of this blog disappoints me so much....

Posted by Anonymous | May 31, 2012 11:51 AM

well this is one way to end fat rock

Posted by Anonymous | May 31, 2012 12:20 PM

For these loser clowns who are such lowlifes with no sense of reality , you should just leave these things to people who know, love,care and are informed about the subject at hand rather than disrespectful fools who ovbiously dont know anything about this persons contribution to music.Also, people who NEVER SAW MILES DAVIS AT THIS TIME,in hindsight, now profess to LOVE Miles from that period.What a sad situation.Anyway, get the cd's, tapes, videos etc. and just dig the SOUND of that band and remember Pete Cosey in the light of MUSIC

Posted by Anonymous | June 1, 2012 11:45 AM

god damn it, pete tore it the f#$%k up, him and sonny sharrock, stretched the boundaries of their instrument, they wer never held back by their imagination, miss ya man and i'm damn glad to have gotten to see ya play....play on sweet prince...

Posted by roy | June 3, 2012 11:05 PM

too young.

Posted by jordon | July 29, 2013 5:58 PM

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