Innovative blues, jazz guitarist Pete Cosey dies

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by Associated Press

Associated Press

Posted on June 10, 2012 at 7:02 AM

CHICAGO (AP) — Pete Cosey, an innovative guitarist who brought his distinctive distorted sound to recordings with Miles Davis, Howlin' Wolf and Muddy Waters, has died, his daughter says. He was 68.

Mariama Cosey says her father died May 30 of complications from surgery in Chicago.

Pete Cosey was born in Chicago, and later moved to Arizona, where, according to a Chicago Tribune article, he started to develop his unique sound.

In the 1960s, Cosey was a member of the studio band at Chess Records in Chicago, where he played with Waters and Howlin' Wolf. Cosey also played on many of Miles Davis' boundary-pushing recordings in the 1970s.

His daughter says Cosey considered music a language. She says that it's "one way that everyone around the world communicates."

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