Pete Cosey's Sound Lab | Northeastern Illinois University, Auditorium | Jazz | Chicago Reader

Pete Cosey's Sound Lab All Ages Free Recommended Soundboard

When: Thu., Feb. 19, 7 p.m. 2009

Chicagoan Pete Cosey doesn’t need anything more than the transcendently psychedelic playing he did with Miles Davis in the early 70s to establish his bona fides as one of the world’s greatest electric guitarists. Before that, though, he was a key studio musician at Chess Records—he appears on Muddy Waters’s controversial Electric Mud—and a member of Phil Cohran’s Artistic Heritage Ensemble. But he’s never shown much interest in pursuing a career as a solo artist, and nearly 35 years after his sojourn with Miles he still hasn’t released an album under his own name. With any luck, though, that’s finally changing. He was one of several Davis alumni on last year’s Grammy-nominated Miles From India (Four Quarters), and he delivers three scorching solos on bassist Melvin Gibbs’s new Ancients Speak (LiveWired). For this rare gig Cosey will play with a quintet, though he’s told me he may recruit additional players after press time. One confirmed participant is Gambian kora master Foday Musa Suso, another Chicagoan who plays out way too rarely. —Peter Margasak

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