The George Cotsirilos Quartet has performed at various venues over the years and has just released a new CD, “Mostly In Blue,” on the OA2/Origin Arts label at the outset of 2018. An earlier iteration of the quartet, including drumming great Eddie Marshall, pianist Paul Nagel and bassist Robb Fisher can be heard on the CD “Seems To Be,” released on Jazz School Records in 2011. The current quartet features stellar pianist, Keith Saunders, as well as long time trio associates, bassist Fisher and drummer Ron Marabuto. Keith, Robb and Ron have worked with a wide variety of jazz luminaries, including Chet Baker, Hank Crawford, Richie Cole, Art Pepper, Carmen McCrae, Tommy Flanagan, and Pepper Adams, among many others. The new CD, whose title track is accessible here, features original compositions, along with a couple of jazz nuggets, with an eye toward presenting the music much as one would hear it in live performance by these fine, highly experienced players. Accordingly, all of the pieces were recorded in a single session on first or second takes. The CD was released in January 2018, and has quickly climbed the national jazz radio charts and received highly favorable notices, including a 4 star review in Downbeat.
Exploring the difficult and rewarding jazz guitar trio format, the George Cotsirilos Trio has released three critically well-received CD’s on OA2/Origin Arts Records ("This is about as tight a jazz trio as you'll ever be lucky enough to hear”-- David Wiegand, San Francisco Chronicle). The trio’s last two CD’s, “Variations” and “Past Present,” featuring bassist Robb Fisher and drummer Rob Marabuto, made it to the higher echelons of the jazz radio charts and into the top 40. All three trio recordings feature a mixture of original compositions and selections from the jazz canon, as do trio performances. The trio continues to appear at a wide variety of venues, many of which can be found listed here.
George Cotsirilos’s well received CD on OA2/Origin Arts Records, “Silenciosa” (“A superb solo guitar recital”- C. Michael Bailey, All About Jazz), is a compilation of solo jazz guitar pieces performed on classical guitar. The Trio CD’s, “Past Present” and “Variations” also each include a solo piece performed on classical guitar. Solo guitar remains an ongoing, challenging and fruitful focus and there is more to come in this area, including solo engagements. Look for them here.