Mike Pope

Bassist and composer Mike Pope builds significant musical, personal and spiritual bridges between the past, present and future with his third release, Cold Truth, Warm Heart. The new album shows him to be a visionary composer, arranger and bandleader.

The 2014 offering is the first in a decade and establishes a new threshold of leadership for the virtuoso acoustic and electric bassist who has toured extensively with Chick Corea, David Sanborn, Al DiMeola and Bill Bruford, and more recently, Joe Locke and Eldar Djangirov.

Pope’s 2002 album, The Lay of the Land, delivered contemporary straight ahead jazz with help from stellar players: Michael Brecker, Randy Brecker, John Patitucci, Jeff ”Tain” Watts and others. It was warmly received, but tours with other ensembles took up the bulk of his time.

In the last decade, he moved to Maryland, started a family and adopted a more anchored life. Both his personal and professional life bore fruit. He has two lovely children and plenty of new music to share.

“The new album,” says Pope, “was written for the players who were playing it. The idea was to write stuff that was inspired, worrying less about how it would all go together than how it felt in the moment.“ On most compositions, he establishes the subject matter and directs the conversation, while the (recording and touring) musicians contribute superb interaction and improvisation. Pope leaves plenty of space for these world-class improvisers to do what they do.

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”Mike Pope is a real Renaissance man. He is a musician of broad scope and tremendous talent. His virtuosity on electric and acoustic bass is rare even by today’s standards.” —John Patitucci

“Mike has become a fixture on the New York jazz scene. I’ve had the pleasure of playing on his CDs, using him in my band, and recommending him for other situations. He’s an incredible acoustic and electric bassist and one of the few who is comfortable on both instruments while also being a very talented composer.” —Randy Brecker

“If I were going to study improvisation at this point, I’d do it with Mike Pope.” —Victor Wooten

“In a year that has already produced a number of excellent recordings, Mike Pope’s The Lay of the Land may well be one of the best

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Cold Truth, Warm Heart

Cold Truth, Warm Heart

Nineteen-Eight Records
2014

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Mike Pope: Cold Truth Warm Heart

Mike Pope: Cold Truth...

Nineteen-Eight Records
2014

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The Lay of the Land

The Lay of the Land

Whaling City Sound
2003

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The Lay of the Land

The Lay of the Land

Whaling City Sound
2002

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Bare Minimum

Bare Minimum

Mike Pope
Cold Truth, Warm Heart

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