Mike Pope | Cold Truth, Warm Heart

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Cold Truth, Warm Heart

by Mike Pope

World-class bassist Mike Pope builds significant musical, personal and spiritual bridges with his third release, Cold Truth, Warm Heart. The new album shows him to be a visionary composer, arranger and bandleader.
Genre: Jazz: Contemporary Jazz
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1. Cold Truth, Warm Heart
7:12 $0.99
2. Shadow of a Doubt
4:56 $0.99
3. Bare Minimum
6:41 $0.99
4. Romance
6:17 $0.99
5. What I Meant to Say
6:37 $0.99
6. Out of the Ether
6:39 $0.99
7. Prelude in E Minor Op. 28 No. 4
7:11 $0.99
8. Ral and Tonto (For Ricky and Nicky)
7:19 $0.99
9. Dear Life
7:38 $0.99
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Album Notes
Says Pope, “Life can be cold, and the truth can be colder. I’ve learned that embracing life with a Warm Heart is the only answer for me. I’ve had to make some decisions about whether I was artistically ‘in or out.’ I’m in.”

This album is the first musical statement he’s made as a leader in decade and reflects his commitment to seize the time. Says Pope, “With a very happy home life and a supportive family, I made the choice to become more proactively creative.” He was able “to document it with some of the greatest musicians in the world on their respective instruments.”

His new work exhibits the essence of jazz: rich melodies, lush chords, and sensual rhythms. Others of equal skill and stature surround him; gifted improvisers who surrender to the supremacy of truly inspired music.

The recording features the incomparable Joe Locke on vibraphone. One of jazz's most important voices on vibes today, he is capable of stunning physical power and broad emotional range. Tenor saxophonist Seamus Blake is also featured. John Scofield called him “extraordinary, a total saxophonist.” Also on board is award-winning drummer Mauricio Zottarelli, described as “Superb!” by Jazz Times. Critically acclaimed Geoffrey Keezer plays piano and Rhodes. Pope’s wife, Lydia Courtney, contributes on vibes to Track 6; pianist Alan Blackman appears on Track 7.

“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. Other players contribute superb interaction and improvisation. Pope wisely leaves space for these world-class improvisers to do what they do.



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