George Cotsirilos, a graduate of the University of California at Berkeley, studied classical guitar privately through the San Francisco Conservatory of Music. He has been a member of the San Francisco Bay Area jazz community for many years, and best known for his work as a sideman, has performed with a wide array of artists such as Etta James, Bill Evans and The Whispers. He is more recently known for his recordings with the San Francisco Nighthawks, a band that included Bobby McFerrin and former Cal Tjader bassist, Robb Fisher, and has performed at the Monterey Jazz Festival.His debut solo album, Silencios, a collection of 14 standards, features Cotsirilos on nylon string classical guitar. This most recent recording, On the Rebop, sees Cotsirilos in a trio setting where his talents as a composer are showcased. This project also features a few standards thrown in for good measure. He teams up, once again, with Robb Fisher, whose bass playing is solid and steady. On drums is Rob Marabuto whose style is tight and fervent.
"On the Rebop" by Cotsirilos is a charged swinger. Cotsirilos’ guitar playing is infused with eager verve. The cover, "I’m Old Fashioned" is more laid back with Robb Fisher’s bass holding the pulse and Ron Marabuto on drums adding zip and pizzazz. "Gale" exhibits some of Costsirilos’ fluttery guitar work, "Side Pocket" is snappy and bright, and "Never Say Never" follows with a few pensive, moody moments that open up into some interesting changes and turns in an "anything can happen" fashion which wonderfully displays Cotsirilos’ talent as a composer and guitarist. With bass and drums falling effortlessly into the dialogue, this one takes the listener on a complex but delightful journey. "Anthropology" is a light and airy swinger with full, boiling bass and whipslapping drums.
"Kokomo," another Cotsirilos tune, is a smiling, carefree and feel-good romp. Cotsirilos’ guitar work is vivaciously chattery. A nice interpretation of "The Nearness of You" follows. This one is slower-moving, but deeply reflective, creating a tonal "sigh." Closing out this collection is "Neo Finkoid." Costsirilos gives it his all, accented by hearty bass and slamming drums, a superb, head-bouncing, toe-tapper. All said, this disc proves to be a fine piece of work.