George Cotsirilos Quartet

Refuge

OA2 22201

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One of today's finest jazz guitarists and composers...
Vintage Guitar Magazine

A central figure in San Francisco's jazz scene for decades, Chicago-bred guitarist George Cotsirilos follows up his lauded 2018 quartet release, Mostly in Blue, with a solidly swinging collection of new originals. With the many years spent performing together & backing the likes of Cal Tjader, Tommy Flanagan, Art Pepper, or Carmen McRae, Cotsirilos, pianist Keith Saunders, bassist Robb Fisher and drummer Ron Marabuto share an effortless, sophisticated rapport. "This is unapologetically straight-ahead jazz that nevertheless feels fresh and new..." - CD Hot List.


Track Listing:

1. Devolution 4:58
2. Refuge 6:03
3. Planet Roxoid 4:44
4. Igualmente 5:44
5. The Three Doves 6:48
6. Slacker 5:14
7. Aftermath 4:36
8. A Faint Light 6:29
9. Smoke Signal 6:09
10. Let's Make a Break for It 6:22

Performers:

George Cotsirilos - Guitar
Keith Saunders - Piano
Robb Fisher - Bass
Ron Marabuto - Drums

Production Info:

Produced by George Cotsirilos & David Luke
Recorded & mixed by David Luke
at Opus Studios, Berkeley, CA
September 27 & 28, 2021
Mastered by Gary Hobish at Armin Hammer Productions, San Francisco, CA
Cover design & layout by John Bishop


Reviews of Refuge

All About Jazz (Doug Collette)
This deservedly well-respected guitarist/composer adds to his already impressive résumé with this, his seventh studio album. As with the trio effort, Variations (OA2 Records, 2013), it's a wonder to hear how he so effortlessly yet precisely he pulls bright lines from his fretboard to then interweave them with the other instrumentalists' sounds. B ...

JazzWax (Marc Myers)
I loved George Cotsirilos's guitar the moment I heard it. His sound is shrewd and seasoned and he has a refined sense of history. There's ample swing, soul-jazz and a keen sense of fusion in his playing, and I can hear Grant Green's plucking, Pat Metheny's articulation, Joe Pass's chords and John Scofield's note-bending in his playing. Backing Cots ...

All About Jazz (Jack Bowers)
At a troubling and turbulent time, when many jazz albums seek to convey a "message," the only statement that Chicago-bred, San Francisco-based guitarist George Cotsirilos and his able quartet wish to make on Refuge is that swing remains king in their domain, wielding its magisterial influence over ten of Cotsirilos' sunny compositions and arrangeme ...

CD Hotlist (Rick Anderson)
From the strutting, spiky "Devolution" to the spidery, boppish "Let's Make a Break for It," the second quartet album led by guitarist George Cotsirilos continues his longstanding practice of writing and playing straight-ahead jazz that sounds like no one else. Here he leads the same combo that accompanied him last time (pianist Keith Saunders, bass ...

Amazon (Dr. Debra Jan Bibel)
Music can heal, music can bring solace. (Indeed, the Chinese seal ideograms for music and medicine are nearly identical.) Thus, in these stressful times of pandemic, climate-related environmental threats, socio-political challenges, and now war, we can find comfort in hearing and, in this instance for the George Cotsirilos Quartet, in making music. ...

DownBeat (Ed Enright)
EDITOR'S PICK San Francisco-based guitarist George Cotsirilos pushes into newer, bluesier and more challenging musical territory on Refuge, a showcase for his recently formed quartet featuring pianist Keith Saunders and Cotsirilo's longtime trio mates Robb Fisher on bass and Ron Marabuto on drums. The 10 original tunes on this new collection are m ...

CD Hotlist (Rick Anderson)
From the strutting, spiky "Devolution" to the spidery, boppish "Let's Make a Break for It," the second quartet album led by guitarist George Cotsirilos continues his longstanding practice of writing and playing straight-ahead jazz that sounds like no one else. Here he leads the same combo that accompanied him last time (pianist Keith Saunders, bass ...









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