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George Cotsirilos: George Cotsirilos Trio - Variations

Read "George Cotsirilos Trio - Variations" reviewed by C. Michael Bailey

Variations, guitarist George Cotsirilos' sixth recording, is a well-behaved trio affair in keeping with his more recent recordings like Past Present (OA2 Records, 2010). Cotsirilos plays with an acoustically round electric tone that never gets in the way of his fluid lines and well- considered melodies. His seven original compositions all have standards handle to them, in particular, the opener, “A Walk for Ethel," which recalls “I Get a Kick Out of You" crossed with “Scrapple from the Apple." Cotsirilos ...

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George Cotsirilos: Past Present

Read "Past Present" reviewed by Raul d'Gama Rose

George Cotsirilos' meticulous and tasteful guitar work is marked by remarkably subtle shifts in accents, and minute changes in expression and dynamics. On Past Present, he also displays an impeccable sense of timin,g especially in revealing the hidden rhythms of complex melodies. His approach to harmony is whimsical, but patently beautiful at all times. He is fleet-fingered across the fret board and equally expressive as he plucks the strings of his guitar, or simply rolls over them with fingertips, like ...

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George Cotsirilos Trio: Past Present

Read "Past Present" reviewed by Woodrow Wilkins

This recording delivers vintage jazz guitar but nothing that sounds trite or old. The George Cotsirilos Trio delivers that with a mix of original tunes and standards on Past Present. Born in Chicago, Cotsirilos has been a fixture in the San Francisco area since the early 1990s. Trained with the violin, he switched to guitar after becoming frustrated that the violin could not produce pop and jazz sounds he had come to love. After studying at the University ...

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George Cotsirilos: Past Present

Read "Past Present" reviewed by Bruce Lindsay

Guitarist George Cotsirilos has nearly thirty years experience as a musician, working with acts as diverse as Etta James and Pharoah Sanders. He was also, with bassist Robb Fisher, a founding member of the San Francisco Nighthawks. Past Present is the second album from the Cotsirilos Trio, following On The Rebop (OA2 Records, 2005), and it's a graceful and sophisticated mix of standards and Cotsirilos originals. Cotsirilos' playing is characterized above all by its warmth. Coupled with ...

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George Cotsirilos Trio: Past Present

Read "Past Present" reviewed by C. Michael Bailey

Mainstream guitar trio jazz possesses a soundtrack quality that makes it perfect for sleek and sophisticated noir movies boasting sardonic shamuses and dangerous dames. George Cotsirilos typifies this type of jazz guitar playing. If jazz guitar had an aroma, Cotsirilos' brand would smell of Yardley Soap, single-malt scotch, and unfiltered cigarettes in close quarters: dark and slightly decadent, full-bodied, and warm. On his third OA2 release, Past Present Cotsirilos and his working trio mix up the standards ...


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