MIKE POPE as a SIDEMAN: ALBUMS
Live in Seattle, Origin Records
State of Soul, Scirocco Records
In a Heartbeat, Scheineke Records
All There Is, Scheineke Records
Secret Ellington, True Life
History of the US Beat, DCI Video
In the Library, Whaling City Sound
Room 292, Justice Records
Reflections on Red, Apria Records
Earthworks Underground, Summerfold, UK
You and the Night and the Music
Speak a Volcano, Inakustik
Celebrating the Music of Weather Report, Telarc Records
Mike Pope builds significant musical, personal and spiritual bridges between the past, present and future on his 3rd release "Cold Truth, Warm Heart."
“Jaw-dropping exuberance and precision.”– Ottawa Citizen
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Walk Your Dogma
From Brooklyn, NY, this was Mike's first offering to the Fusion world. Our dear loving, patient and loyal dog, Keelometer von Arff, who has long since passed on, is featured on the cover, wearing his homemade (by Mike!) papal mitre. The pics were taken by our good friend Mike Nemeth on Prospect Park Southwest, right across from the park and the lake and in front of the most amazing little Italian restaurant, Vincent's... I wonder if it's still there.
This album features everything that was wonderful about Brooklyn and NYC in 1995. We were young, there was still a thriving live jazz and studio scene in NYC, and you could still get to the city on the F train for $1.25! New York was accessible and affordable and every night was a new club, a new gig, new friends to meet and myriad experiences. Days were spent in sessions in one of our apartments while the neighbors were at work and wouldn't notice the noise. The established musicians of the time, Michael Brecker, Randy Brecker, Charles Blenzig and Ricky Sebastian were very supportive of the younger set, who had cut their teeth on the music of these, their heroes! Cumulatively, the younger musicians who played on this inspired album have gone on since to create a wealth of exceptional music and each has played their part to contribute to the future history of jazz music. Just look at this combination!
The energy of the age and of the musicians involved shines through in every track of this auspicious album and reminds me of a lot of jazz filled days and nights in the city.
“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. It’s certainly one of the most exciting new albums this reviewer has heard in a long time.”– All About Jazz
"Contemporary Jazz at its finest. Splendid first outing by New York jazz bassist Mike Pope. Pope is joined by jazz giants Michael Brecker, Randy Brecker, Tom Guarna, Ricky Sebastian and others."
photo by Mike Nemeth.