Discography 

Mike Pope builds significant musical, personal and spiritual bridges between the past, present and future on his 3rd release "Cold Truth, Warm Heart."

REVIEWS

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“Jaw-dropping exuberance and precision.”– Ottawa Citizen

“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

Henry Hey            Randy Brecker       Michael Brecker

Mike Stern             John Patitucci             Joe Locke

Seamus Blake       Jeff "Tain" Watts          Jim White

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"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.

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!

Michael Brecker           Randy Brecker           Charles Blenzig      

 

 Brian Delaney                    Brian Dunne                    Tom Guarna            

 

Henry Hey               Mike Ricchiuti            Ricky Sebastian         Frank Valdez

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.

-Lydia Courtney-Pope

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MIKE POPE as a SIDEMAN: ALBUMS

Live in Seattle, Origin Records

Joe Locke Geoffrey Keezer

Joe Locke Geoffrey Keezer

Live in Seattle Origin Records

Joe Locke and Storytelling

Joe Locke and Storytelling

State of Soul Scirocco Records

Chuck Loeb

Chuck Loeb

In a Heartbeat Scheineke Records

Chuck Loeb

Chuck Loeb

All There Is Scheineke Records

Jason Miles

Jason Miles

Celebrating the Music of Weather Report Telarc Records

Bill Bruford

Bill Bruford

Earthworks Underground Summerfield, UK

Various Artists

Various Artists

Secret Ellington True Life

Heather Bennet

Heather Bennet

Reflections on Red Apria Records

Steffan Karlsson

Steffan Karlsson

Room 292 Justice Records

Dino Govoni

Dino Govoni

In the Library Whaling City Sound

Steve Smith

Steve Smith

History of the US Beat DC Video

Al DiMeola

Al DiMeola

Speak a Volcano Inakustik

Joe Locke

Joe Locke

Signing

The AfroBop Alliance

The AfroBop Alliance

Una Mas

Dave Pope Trio

Dave Pope Trio

You and the Night and the Music

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thumb_jazznation

The Vince Norman Joe McCarthy Big Ba

The Vince Norman Joe McCarthy Big Ba

Bright Future

Manhattan Vibes

Manhattan Vibes

Blue November

State of Soul, Scirocco Records

All There Is, Scheineke Records

In a Heartbeat, Scheineke Records

Celebrating the Music of Weather Report, Telarc Records

Earthworks Underground, Summerfold, UK

Secret Ellington, True Life

Reflections on Red, Apria Records

Room 292, Justice Records

In the Library, Whaling City Sound

History of the US Beat, DCI Video

Speak a Volcano, Inakustik

Una Mas

You and the Night and the Music

Jazz Nation

Bright Future

Blue November

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