George Cotsirilos: George Cotsirilos Trio - Variations (2013)
Cotsirilos imparts a Latin essence to the whole album, one that blooms on the Lins/Martin standard "Doce Presenca" and Robb Fisher's "Sambrosia." These breezy, cool compositions lent well to Cotsirilos' interpretive talents. "Blues for The J Man" is a serpentine minor-key blues that recalls Dizzy Gillespie's "Birks Works." But it is Cotsirilos' interpretation of "But Beautiful" that kills on this collection. His ballad sense is like that of a horn player, attentive to the lyrics as well as the melody. This rendition offers a great comparison to Art Pepper playing the piece, as he so often did. Variations is another solid Cotsirilos offering among a string of previous ones.
Track Listing: A Walk for Ethel; I Know You Know; Doce Presenca; Sambrosia; chimera; 1937; Justin Case; Blues For The J Man; But Beautiful; Madrugadora.
Personnel: George Cotsirilos: guitar; Robb Fisher: bass; Ron Marabuto: drums.
Record Label: OA2 Records