by Dave Segal
on Wed, May 30, 2012 at 4:36 PM
Phenomenal guitarist Pete Cosey passed away this morning of unknown causes. He was 68.
The Chicago-based Cosey was best known (but criminally under-recognized) for his work with Miles Davis’ dynamite early-/mid-’70s ensembles and as a crucial session player for the Chess/Cadet Records stable (Rotary Connection, Muddy Waters, Howlin Wolf, etc.). Cosey’s fiery, intricate yet powerfully torqued style played a major role in elevating Davis LPs like Dark Magus, Agharta, Pangaea, and Get Up With It to classic status. He was the best possible successor to the departing John McLaughlin that Miles could've hoped to have landed. In his later years, Cosey played with Gary Bartz, John Stubblefield, and others in Children of Agharta, a group that kept the torch for Davis' mind-blowing electric years repertoire burning.
Chicago Reader posted a fine obit on its blog today. RIP, Pete Cosey.