...a captivating mélange of exuberant energy and sophisticated subtlety.
Fusing two of his loves - music and philosophy - drummer Gustavo Cortiñas gathers fellow musicians from his adopted home of Chicago to contemplate, through composition and improvisation, the relationship between essence and being. Inspired by the ongoing dialogue of some of the most brilliant minds in western philosophy, Gustavo composed music to illustrate their concepts of 'being' and the effect those thoughts had on the formation of metaphysical, ethical, and moral theories. Born and raised in Mexico City, Cortiñas graduated with honors from New Orleans' Loyola University and moved to Chicago in 2011 to pursue his Masters at Northwestern University. "A Smörgåsbord of the moods and nuances that make up the human experience... intrinsically fusing the personal to the universal..." Jazziz Magazine.
1 Dialectics of Freedom 12:45
2 Filosofia 9:15
3 The Allegory of the Cave 8:39
4 Intro to Arête 1:02
5 Arête 8:46
6 Cogito Ergo Sum 3:23
7 Global Skepticism 7:42
8 On Certainty 8:34
9 Ubermensch 7:50
10 Intro to the Man of Flesh and Bone 1:34
11 The Man of Flesh and Bone 6:06
Justin Copeland - trumpet
Roy McGrath - tenor sax (2,6,7,9,10)
Artie Black - tenor sax (1,3,4,5,8)
Adam Thornburg - trombone
Hans Luchs - guitar
Joaqu'n Garc'a - piano
Kitt Lyles - bass
Gustavo Cortiñas - drums & cymbals
Produced by Gustavo Cortiñas
Recorded by Scott Steinman at Electrical Audio, Chicago, IL
March 18, 2016
Mixed & Mastered by Scott Steinman at Studiomedia Recording, Evanston, IL
Photography by Damián Robles & Sara Marsden
Cover Design & layout by John Bishop
Midwest Record (Chris Spector)
The drummer from Mexico finds a bunch of simpatico players in Chicago while working on his masters at Northwestern and they turn in music that more than just a bunch of notes. With the forward kind of thinking that tempts you to label him as Tito Puente III, you can dance, you can listen and you can enjoy this thoroughly throughout. Soulful enou ...
Chicago Reader (Peter Margasak)
I know Chicago has a very deep jazz scene, but I'm often reminded how strong it is by a record like Esse (OA2), the second from drummer and composer Gustavo Cortiñas. Though the Mexico native moved to the area a decade ago to further his education, attending Loyola and Northwestern, I'd never heard of him until a couple of months ago (same goes fo ...