Pete Coco, Matt Wilson & Sullivan Fortner | Lined with a Groove

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Lined with a Groove

by Pete Coco, Matt Wilson & Sullivan Fortner

Bassist Pete Coco's debut as a leader, "Lined with a Groove," is an homage to his mentors featuring fresh arrangements of tunes by bass players including Ron Carter, Ray Brown, Charlie Haden, and more. With Matt Wilson and Sullivan Fortner.
Genre: Jazz: Post-Bop
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1. Sandino (feat. Matt Wilson & Sullivan Fortner)
6:39 $0.99
2. You're Me (feat. Matt Wilson & Sullivan Fortner)
4:54 $0.99
3. Loose Change (feat. Matt Wilson & Sullivan Fortner)
4:28 $0.99
4. Lined with a Groove (feat. Matt Wilson & Sullivan Fortner)
3:40 $0.99
5. Ahundred Dollars (feat. Matt Wilson & Sullivan Fortner)
2:48 $0.99
6. Oscalypso (feat. Matt Wilson & Sullivan Fortner)
3:32 $0.99
7. Mona's Feeling Lonely (feat. Matt Wilson & Sullivan Fortner)
7:11 $0.99
8. United Blues (feat. Matt Wilson & Sullivan Fortner)
4:03 $0.99
9. Be Thou My Vision (feat. Matt Wilson & Sullivan Fortner)
4:28 $0.99
10. Beautious (feat. Matt Wilson & Sullivan Fortner)
4:13 $0.99
11. Deborah / Watergate Blues (feat. Matt Wilson & Sullivan Fortner)
5:20 $0.99
12. I Have Decided (feat. Matt Wilson & Sullivan Fortner)
4:07 $0.99
13. Sandino Exit Music / Bass Desires (feat. Matt Wilson & Sullivan Fortner)
6:32 $0.99
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Album Notes
Liner Notes by Todd Coolman:

Like many languages, the jazz language is one steeped in a rich tradition that has steadily evolved, thus creating new turns of phrase, figures of speech, and colloquialisms relevant to the times. To paraphrase the legendary bassist Ray Brown, “To develop your style, you take a little bit from here, and a little bit from there from that which came before you, and you add just a bit of your own and push it all forward.” That is how you create your style.

Bassist Pete Coco has assembled a musical collection that pays tribute to many individuals who have influenced him in any number of ways. At the same time, he has taken the crucial step of adding of his own personality and musical voice, pushing it all forward. He has forged a style that is all his own; fresh, original, yet grounded in the tradition. One cannot help but hear the sheer joy and enthusiasm that Pete has for playing the bass and for the music at hand. Although he has ample space to show his wares, he is always thinking of his bandmates and YOU, the listener. His musical generosity and supportiveness are consistent with the manner in which Pete lives his life. He is a giver, a contributor, and a selfless individual who understands that the whole is greater than the sum of any part. As you listen to his music, that will become readily evident to aficionado and novice alike.

Pete’s tribute comes in the form of performing compositions by bassists he has admired and been inspired by over the years including, Percy Heath, Red Mitchell, Ray Brown, Paul Chambers, Charlie Haden, Ron Carter, Milt Hinton, and Oscar Pettiford. That’s quite an elite musical neighborhood to live in, to be sure. He has also included two Spirituals, a reference to his earliest days of playing the bass in church, and a poignant composition by his close friend and fellow bassist, Bob Bowen, who tragically left this world far too early.

There is a saying that, “It’s all in the company you keep” and Pete’s associates on this recording, pianist Sullivan Fortner and drummer Matt Wilson, corroborate that sentiment. Always listening, always supporting, and always pushing the music to reach a higher level are just some of the hallmarks of the music they help create.

After a few hearings of Pete Coco’s music, one will easily understand that his musicianship contains all of the elements of the great bassists he has chosen to pay tribute to for this collection. Pete’s sound, swinging time feel, great intonation, excellent bowing technique, the clarity of his ideas, and the overall command of his instrument and the music are all evidence of a, “Top shelf” performer. In Pete Coco’s hands and heart, the jazz language is both well preserved and moving forward. Sit back and enjoy the gifts he so ably shares!

Todd Coolman
(c) 2018 Bottom Line Music

"PETE COCO TRIO/Lined With a Groove: Anyone who owns any Concord or Arbors albums or who has heard jazz in New York is probably already familiar with this bass ace. Using his debut recording as a platform to pay tribute to the bass greats that influenced him along the way, he tips the cap to a pantheon of greats here with a mixture of respect and passion. Showing just how much these cats have added to jazz, this is a magnificent statement about the state of the art. A winner throughout."
-Midwest Record

"Bassist Pete Coco forms a snappy little trio with pianist Sullivan Fortner (who took some time off touring with Cecile McLorin Salvant) and famed drummer Matt Wilson. The three mix deft interplay with dep grooves, as Fortner gets impressionistic with Coco’s bow on “Sandino” and the team is lyrical on a lovel “AHundred Dollards.” Wilson is deft on the sweet latin “Beautious” and the team dances to Coco’s finger snaps on “Oscalypso.” Coco switches to cello as he takes the lead on a crisp “Deborah/Watergate Blues” and goes to church to testify on a pair of rich gospel tunes, “Be Though My Vision” and “I Have Decided,” both filled with wonder and reverence. His chops and class are in abundance as he’s featured on the post bop “Sandino Exit Music/Bass Desires” but the album does an impressive balance of teamwork and solo features. Filled with rewards."
- Jazz Weekly

"LINED WITH A GROOVE [Dzef Records pc 001] is a CD for bass/cello lovers. PETE COCO [b/cel] has carefully picked out 13 [61:57] tunes (one original plus compositions by Charlie Haden, Ron Carter, Red Mitchell, Ray Brown, Oscar Pettiford, Paul Chambers among others]. Some of the tunes are hard swingers, others emotionally sensitive, all of them worthy as tributes to their composers. Coco’s one original “Deborah” is both tender and familiar and paired with a Percy Heath composition “Watergate Blues” (The full title is “Deborah/Watergate Blues”). This is a full CD from beginning to end. Huge credit goes to the trio [Sullivan Fortner-p, Matt Wilson-drm] for it is one of brilliance. This is a carefully and quite beautifully produced project and worthy of coming back to time and time again."
- Cadence Magazine

"It's really a wonderful CD... especially the sound of your bass."
-Ron Carter



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Rick Wood

Superb sound, top musicianship, beautiful recording, masterful choice of tunes
These three masters of music cooperate to produce a wonderful recording that is fresh and different from the normal piano-bass-drums genre. Each tune was written by a different famous bass player (with a few interludes), and chosen from the lesser-known repertoire. The performances are fresh and varied. The sound of all instruments is superb, this is a demonstration quality recording. If you haven't heard these musicians before you'll be amazed. Don't hesitate to buy it, especially on CD or high quality digital files.