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Gustavo Cortinas Snapshot: Esse

Read "Esse" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky

Gustavo Cortinas' Esse is a place where two passions meet and merge. The drummer's fascination with philosophy served as grist for the compositional mill, inspiring and guiding his hands and mind to create this deep-thinking treatise. It's a fascinating musical realization, exploration, and distillation of the works of Hegel, Aristotle, Descartes, Plato, and other brilliant minds. ...

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Roy McGrath Quartet: Martha

Read "Martha" reviewed by James Nadal

In music as well as life, to succeed one must often take chances, jazz is undoubtedly filled with risk takers which were essential in determining this music. The saxophone for Roy McGrath has taken him on a remarkable journey since leaving his home in Puerto Rico to seek his musical passion. It wound through many years ...

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Gustavo Cortiñas: Snapshot

Read "Snapshot" reviewed by Greg Simmons

By now, it shouldn't surprise anyone that jazz musicians often live itinerant lives. Everyone is from somewhere, but usually it's not here, wherever that is. Early jazz musicians--almost exclusively American--migrated from all over the country to the formative hot spots in Chicago and then, a little latter, New York. Today's musicians make those same migratory journeys ...

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Gustavo Cortiñas: Snapshot

Read "Snapshot" reviewed by Florence Wetzel

Snapshot is a terrific release by drummer Gustavo Cortiñas, featuring a dynamic combination of musicians who are all associated with the stellar Northwestern University jazz department. The group includes the department's head, the great tenor saxman Victor Goines, who has played with everyone from Dizzy Gillespie to Ray Charles to Bob Dylan. There's also guitarist Mike ...

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Gustavo Cortiñas: Snapshot

Read "Snapshot" reviewed by Jack Bowers

Drummer Gustavo Cortinas, who leads a group of admirable musicians on his engaging debut album, Snapshot, was born in Mexico, received his higher education in the States (Loyola University, New Orleans; Northwestern University) and currently resides in Chicago. Besides playing drums, Cortinas wrote and arranged every number on Snapshot, showing impressive proficiency in those areas as ...

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Gustavo Cortiñas: Snapshot

Read "Snapshot" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky

Gustavo Cortiñas has long been a musical seeker and sponge. The Mexico City-born drummer relocated to New Orleans in 2007 to pursue a BM in Jazz Studies at Loyola University New Orleans, learn from the best around--like legendary NOLA drum guru Johnny Vidacovich--and soak in the sounds of that storied city. When he completed that degree ...

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Gustavo Cortiñas: Snapshot

Read "Snapshot" reviewed by Jeff Dayton-Johnson

With Snapshot, drummer Gustavo Cortiñas emerges from that challenging rite of passage: the début album. Following years of training (with saxophonist Victor Goines, among others, who is on the record) and sideman duty (on a record with saxophonist Roy McGrath, who also shows up for this date), a young artist seeks to craft a meaningful and ...