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GEORGE COTSIRILOS TRIO

Variations

0A2 Records 0A2 22104

 

 

1. A Walk For Ethel

2. I Know You Know

3. Doce Presenca

4. Sambrosia

5. Chimera

6. 1937

7. Justin Case

8. Blues For The J Man

9. But Beautiful

10. Madrugadora

 

George Cotsirilos – Guitra

Robb Fisher – Bass

Ron Marabuto – Drums

 

The piano trio is a well-known format but the guitar trio is less familiar and perhaps less easy to succeed with. George Cotsirilos is a guitarist based in San Francisco who is equally at home on electric or acoustic guitar. This gives his album a built-in variety which is matched with a spaciousness of sound that leaves plenty of air for the music to breathe. George is a master of chords and single notes, and he fills enough spaces that one never feels the lack of a piano. His technique is not impeccable: he sometimes has difficulty negotiating fast passages.

He is well backed by bassist Robb Fisher and drummer Ron Marabuto, although I wish the drummer’s rimshot clicks were more orderly and less spasmodic. It seems that many drummers have got the idea that the only accompaniment for a bossa nova like Doce Presenca is a series of clicks but it would usually be better if drummers played a gentle samba rhythm without that incessant ticking noise.

George composed all but three of the ten tunes here. His upbringing in Chicago is reflected in Blues for The J Man. He has a restrained, modest sound that never imposes itself on the listener. This culminates in a beautiful unaccompanied version of But Beautiful which is seductive in its understatement.

Tony Augarde
www.augardebooks.co.uk

 



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