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Snapshot

by Gustavo Cortiñas

Drummer/composer rooted in the jazz tradition, with a focus on melody, interaction and the rhythms of his native Mexico, featuring Victor Goines, Roy McGrath, Justin Copeland, Mike Allemana and Kitt Lyles.
Genre: Jazz: Contemporary Jazz
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1. Timing Is Everything
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2. When I Leave You
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3. Chimeras
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4. Skepticism
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5. La Balada Del Leon
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6. Hanaki
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7. Wish... (Interlude)
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8. Wish I Could Be There Now
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9. When I Leave You (Another Perspetive)
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A graduate of Loyola University New Orleans (BM Jazz, Minor in Philosophy, Magna Cum Laude, 2011), and Northwestern University (MM Jazz, June, 2013), Gustavo has performed and recorded with many great individuals and ensembles in the USA, Puerto Rico, and Mexico. In his playing stands out the dynamic rhythm section interaction, swing, and keen focus on melodic development - effect of his interactions and discussions with his teachers Johnny Vidacovich, Wayne Maureau, Willie Jones III, Victor Goines and Hernán Hecht - which together with his familiarity with the jazz tradition and the musical traditions of his native Mexico and Latin-America, offer a new and fresh sound. This can be heard on his latest record "Snapshot" (June 2013) which features Lincoln Center's saxophone and clarinetist extraordinaire Victor Goines (tenor sax), and Von Freeman's Mike Allemana (guitar), as well as Justin Copeland (trumpet), Roy McGrath (tenor sax) and Kitt Lyles (upright bass); the album features all original compositions by Gustavo.

Some of his performances include Dizzy's Club Coca-Cola in NYC, Chicago Jazz Festival, Billy Strayhorn Festival 2012, Camp of the Woods NY, the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival, Festival de Jazz de la Escuela Superior de Musica in Mexico City, The Green Mill Cocktail Lounge Chicago, Andy's Jazz Club Chicago, El Convite in Mexico City, Roussel Hall New Orleans, Google Headquarters in Chicago, Carli's fine bistro San Juan, PR, and many others.

Some of these include performances with the Gustavo Cortiñas Snapshot, Victor Goines, Collective Vision, Marco Duran, Roy McGrath, Luri Molina, Carli Muñoz, John Mahoney, Silberen, Ray Moore, Aaron Cruz, Israel Cupich, Marco Renteria, Musica Da Camara New Orleans, House of Blues Foundation Room Jazz Band, David Phy and Influencia de Jazz, Loyola University Jazz Band and Jazz Combos, Loyola University Wind Ensemble and Orchestra, Northwestern University Jazz Orchestra and Combos, Cafe Con Leche and many more, in addition to his performances at educational events with Marco Durán, Joe Lovano, Gary Burton, Nicholas Payton, Robin Eubanks, Aaron Goldberg, Rich DeRosa, Terrell Stafford, Sherman Irby and Victor Goines, amongst others.

Born and raised in Mexico City to Leon Cortiñas and Gabriela Fouilloux, Gustavo started drumming at the age of 10, studying under Santiago Fortson. Eventually he enrolled in Centro de Investigacion y Estudios de la Música, where he studied music and drums under Rodrigo Jimenez. Later on he would begin to take lessons from Hernán Hecht in Mexico City.

In 2007, with a scholarship from Loyola University, he moved to New Orleans to pursue a BM Degree in Jazz Studies, and a minor in philosophy, graduating Magna Cum laude in 2011. In NOLA he had the opportunity of studying under Wayne Maureau, Johnny Vidacovich, John Mahoney, and Tony Dagradi, amongst many others. He was also able to perform with some of the cities most talented players and interact with the local scene, including his long-standing relationship with saxophonist Roy McGrath, with whom he has been playing since 2009, and was featured in McGrath's last record "Long Shot". The birth of the Collective Vision Sextet, which released it's record in 2010, was another product of his musical ventures in New Orleans, with Sebastian Valenzuela, Leland Baker, Woody Rinker, Erin Demastes and Calvin Morin-Martin. In 2010 Gustavo was awarded the Gerry and Franca Mulligan Foundation Scholarship.

Since the Fall of 2011, sponsored by the Rev. John M. Krump Endowed Scholarship, he has been studying a Master of Music in Jazz Studies degree at Northwestern University, under Willie Jones III and Victor Goines, performing locally in the Chicago area with his own groups and some of the great musicians of the fine city, including some performances with Victor Goines' Sextet and Quartet.

Since his departure from Mexico, Gustavo has kept in touch with the music scene, scheduling regular tours with his own bands as well as those of others, which led to his ongoing relationships with guitarist Marco Durán, Luri Molina, Aaron Cruz and many others. The release of Marco Durán's record "El Camino" in 2010, featuring Aarón Cruz and Jaime De La Parra on bass, as well as Silberén's "Dibujando" (2011), and Nobajoq's "Marchante" (2008) are some of the products of these musical ventures.


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Press Reviews

Press Reviews - Gustavo Cortiñas - Snapshot
Chicago Jazz Magazine - "Snapshot" review by Hrayr Attarian
"a captivating mélange of exuberant energy and sophisticated subtlety. Cortiñas deftly guides the quintet through eight of his intricately constructed compositions that allow the others ample space for spontaneous expression.. Cortiñas takes center stage with a viscerally powerful yet harmonically complex percussion... This is an auspicious and rewarding debut from a highly talented and imaginative artist. It whets the appetite for more of what Cortiñas has to deliver in his, hopefully, long and successful career."
JazzWise Magazine - England - "Snapshot" Review
"the native mexican, US-based drummers fairly polished quintet is indebted to the hard-bop/latin-infused jazz tradition and the debut leans also in part towards something more experimental."
JazzItalia.net - "Snapshot" review by Alceste Ayroldi
"To undertake the treacherous hairpin bends of the road of mastery, you have to have the right grasp, and the right craft behind you: Gustavo Cortiñas is in a good position in both cases...He has engaged in diverse engravings but here he carves out a completely unique space..His mainstream sounds virginal, because Cortiñas does everything his own way, giving his signature to each individual composition and bringing to light, although young, his capability to take the reins...he takes the reins with the seasoned skill of the bandleader, an insinuation rather than a surprise (and this is a great gift), that dominates the pace, relaunches without interrupting, and connects the momentum of the soloists, bestowing a uniform dynamic to his music. An excellent first attempt by the drummer from Mexico City, who leaves nothing to chance. Enjoy an original brand of rhythmic music, of which its kind has not been heard for a while".
Jazzrytmit Finland: "Snapshot" Dec/2013
"Really lush energetic and strong to do this is the drummer Gustavo Cortiñas...the whole ensemble is highlighted in playing an effective swinging rhythm, awareness of the tradition and a great melody... real skill display Gustavo's musical abilities... swings to go in style between the "rankahkosti rynkytellen" once in a while subtly kainolla devotion emotional depth of interpretation. An album of instant messaging, discovery, interpretation, timely scheduling and sharpening, it's like photography, with imagination's accuracy, randomness and color combination is a successful entity."
Florence Wetzel - AllAboutJazz: "Snapshot" review Nov/04/2013
"Snapshot is a terrific release by drummer Gustavo Cortiñas, featuring a dynamic combination of musicians. In the leader's seat is Cortiñas...an intriguing combination of influences, and on Snapshot, the first release under his name, he brings these disparate worlds together beautifully...showcasing his deep knowledge of traditional jazz forms, as well as his ability to throw these structures out the window and try something new. Snapshot is full of honest music, played with exactitude and heart".
Dan Bilawski - All about Jazz: "Snapshot" review Sep/01/2013
"Gustavo Cortiñas has long been a musical seeker and sponge... Now, with Snapshot, Cortiñas is using all of his hard-earned knowledge to make his own artistic statement(s)...This nine song program sheds a light on the many and varied talents of Gustavo Cortiñas... gives pause to admire the musical skills, taste, touch and compositional acumen of a fine musician. Cortiñas creates music that's driving ("Timing Is Everything"), episodic ("Skepticism") and straightforward ("Hanaki"). He can swing with the best of them, but he's not bound to the swing pulse. He's just as comfortable twisting and turning in other directions as he is delivering the old spang, spang-a-lang on his ride cymbal. Snapshot, like an actual picture, captures a specific moment in time, when Gustavo Cortiñas began to spread his musical wings and fly. Hopefully he'll remain in flight for many more musical adventures in the future."
Lisette Corsa - Jazziz Magazine: "Snapshot" review Fall Issue 2013
"A Smörgåsbord of the moods and nuances that make up the human experience... an idiosyncratic album that intrinsically fuses the personal to the universal...most listeners will empathize with this introspective music, as showcased by the interplay of his pluralistic ensemble...Their simpatico contributions create a rich and cohesive listening experience, in which each voice adds greater depth and texture...spirited brass fueled excursion...minimalist...deceptively understated yet vital touches that embelish...stylistic sophistication in Cortiñas' arrangements...propulsive rollicking drum solos...dramatic..."
Jazz Special Magazine - Denmark - "Snapshot" review by Thorbjøorn Siøgren
"Born in Mexico City , graduated (music and philosophy) in New Orleans and a resident of Chicago, with a bag inspirations this young drummer must tow around to switch from. But kill debut CD gathers evenly across a neoneo(neo?)bop expression with absolutely respectable solo playing from the two tenors (on the switch ) laeremesteren Victor Goines and the fixed spelkompis Roy Mcgrath Music and the right crisp trumpeter Justin Copeland. The vitality is palpable, the problem (if it is a problem) is just that much an overwhelming amount of CD's are published with music of the same nature and under the same high level. It can (of course?) only be pleased system, but I just do not think that this really overpowers them. I hear music that really tells me a story that takes hold, Nack to the bone . McGrath and Copeland makes it in blues Hanaki and Goines in La Balada del León, everybody is in the ballgame with everyone regularly nodding kindly for themselves and think that there is no shit tough for it at all. And regarding our guy (see above), drum work is incidentally quite formidable."

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Press Reviews - Gustavo Cortiñas - Snapshot
“Really slick. First class stuff. Great tunes. All the solos are easy smooth and not show off shit. Everybody is one for the music on this record. There is a tremendous amount of dedication and surrender to the music here as the band moves as one collective through the orchestral nature of this music… a very colorful and emotional musical trip... There is no one player that is better than another, they all together make the great musician who plays this music...”- Johnny Vidacovich on "Snapshot".
"A Smörgåsbord of the moods and nuances that make up the human experience... an idiosyncratic album that intrinsically fuses the personal to the universal...most listeners will empathize with this introspective music, as showcased by the interplay of his pluralistic ensemble...Their simpatico contributions create a rich and cohesive listening experience, in which each voice adds greater depth and texture...spirited brass fueled excursion...minimalist...deceptively understated yet vital touches that embelish...stylistic sophistication in Cortiñas' arrangements...propulsive rollicking drum solos...dramatic..."-Lissette Corsa - Jazziz Magazine.
"This nine song program sheds a light on the many and varied talents of Gustavo Cortiñas... gives pause to admire the musical skills, taste, touch and compositional acumen of a fine musician. Cortiñas creates music that's driving ("Timing Is Everything"), episodic ("Skepticism") and straightforward ("Hanaki"). He can swing with the best of them, but he's not bound to the swing pulse. He's just as comfortable twisting and turning in other directions as he is delivering the old spang, spang-a-lang on his ride cymbal."-Dan Bilawski - AllAboutJazz.
"picking up new things in different places along the way and blending them together into something personal and unique... Snapshot features really well written music with a melodic beat, excellent individual performances, and it's rewarding to listen to."-Greg Simmons - AllAboutJazz.
Chicago Jazz Magazine - "Snapshot" review by Hrayr Attarian:
"a captivating mélange of exuberant energy and sophisticated subtlety. Cortiñas deftly guides the quintet through eight of his intricately constructed compositions that allow the others ample space for spontaneous expression.. Cortiñas takes center stage with a viscerally powerful yet harmonically complex percussion... This is an auspicious and rewarding debut from a highly talented and imaginative artist. It whets the appetite for more of what Cortiñas has to deliver in his, hopefully, long and successful career."