ESSE by Gustavo Cortiñas Snapshot

Chicago, IL - 2017

Justin Copeland - trumpet
Artie Black - tenor sax
Roy McGrath - tenor sax
Adam Thornburg - trombone
Hans Luchs - guitar
Joaquín García - piano
Kitt Lyles - bass
Gustavo Cortiñas - drums and cymbals

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.

Snapshot by Gustavo Cortiñas

Chicago, IL - 2013

Victor Goines – Tenor Saxophone
Roy McGrath – Tenor Saxophone
Justin Copeland – Trumpet
Michael Allemana – Guitar
Kitt Lyles – Upright Bass
Gustavo Cortiñas – Drums and cymbals.

"A Smörgåsbord of the moods and nuances that make up the human experience... intrinsically fusing the personal to the universal..." Jazziz Magazine.

"...a captivating mélange of exuberant energy and sophisticated subtlety." CHICAGO JAZZ MAGAZINE.

Real Talk by Kitt Lyles

Chicago, IL - 2015

Justin Copeland- trumpet
Roy McGrath- tenor sax
Hans Luchs- guitar
Joaquin Garcia- piano
Kitt Lyles- bass
Gustavo Cortiñas- drums
Rajiv Halim- alto sax tracks 1, 3

"Eight impassioned original compositions, each of which is expertly performed by Lyles' crack shot sextet. Lyles' stimulating originals cover a wide spectrum of moods, from difficult odd-meter tunes to gospel infused blues vehicles. This emotive work provides a great platform for many exciting group moments." Chicago Jazz Magazine

Martha by The Roy McGrath Quartet

Chicago, IL - 2014

Roy McGrath – Tenor Saxophone
Joaquin Garcia– Piano
Kitt Lyles – Upright Bass
Gustavo Cortiñas – Drums and cymbals.

"McGrath attains a sound capable of Dexter Gordon-like languor and Stan Getz gleam. Pianist Joaquin Garcia performs creatively, attuned—as are bassist Kitt Lyles and drummer Gustavo Cortiñas—to Mc- Grath’s subdued moods. The four have the talent and chops to add positivity to Chicago’s soundscape."
Downbeat Magazine, March 2016, by Howard Mandel

"Cortiñas plays with razor-sharp instincts and employs rich colors from his kit." - Dan Healy - Chicago Jazz Magazine

Damage Proof - Adreian Davis

Chicago, IL - 2017

Like inhaling the jutting aroma of a new car right before setting it on fire. A fresh amalgam of rock and electronic music with transient love notes to 80's new wave pop.

Hymns For Earth by Wang Lei, Yile

Beijing, China - 2015

Album dedicated with respect to the Savannah, showing an epic journey cross between Asia and Africa. With a global team of over 22 musicians, the tracks vary in styles including jazz, world, new age and rock.

Featuring music from the Roy McGrath Quartet with:
Roy McGrath - tenor sax
Joaquín García - piano
Kitt Lyles - bass
Gustavo Cortiñas - drums & cymbals

Sonido Obscuro by Cristian Larumbe

Chicago, IL - 2014

A six-song cycle (EP) produced and written by Mexican guitarist/singer/songwriter Christian Larumbe for a Chicago based power trio.
Engineered by Frank Orrall ( Poi Dog Pondering and Thievery Corporation) and recorded at Platetectonic Studios and Gravity.

Do I Know You? by Sasha Bayan

Chicago, IL - 2014

40+ instruments, 35 musicians, 9 songs, 1 vision.

A contemporary pop album influenced by jazz, classical, hindustani, and the blues.

Do I Know You? traces the trajectory of love across its various permutations. From infatuation and concern to obsessions with fame and power, the themes of each song take the listener through a journey of highs and lows. The unique blend of acoustic instrumentals, spirited vocals, and dramatic lyrics promises to deliver a fresh perspective on songwriting.

Collective Vision by Collective Vision

New Orleans, LA - 2010
Debut album by NOLA based Collective Vision sextet, a modern mesh of jazz, third stream, soul and gospel.

Woody Rinker - alto sax
Leland Baker - tenor sax
Erin Demastes - piano and keyboards
Sevastian Valenzuela - guitar
Calvin Morin Martin - bass
Gustavo Cortiñas - drums & cymbals

El Camino by Marco Durán

Mexico City, MX - 2009

Jazz guitar trio performing original compositions by Marco Durán.

Marco Durán - guitar
Aaron Cruz - bass
Jaime de la parra - bass
Gustavo Cortiñas - drums & cymbals

Kevin & Hell Plays Jazz by Kevin & Hell

Chicago, IL - 2016

Kevin and Hell - Guitar
Kitt Lyles - Bass
Gustavo Cortiñas - Drums
Andrew Longaker - Rhythm Guitar on 7 and 8
released April 3, 2016

Recorded and Mixed by Kevin at The Coco Club and Kevin's Studio
Mastered by Nate Amos at Grandpa Bay

Long Shot by The Roy McGrath Trio

New Orleans, LA - 2009

Roy McGrath - tenor sax
Trey Boudreaux - bass
Gustavo Cortiñas - drums & cymbals

"His debut album, "Long Shot", recorded with bassist Trey Boudreaux and drummer Gustavo Cortiñas, is a solid collection of melodies interpreted professionally, with blues feeling and notable empathy between the musicians".
Rafael Vega Curry on Puerto Rico's "El Nuevo Día" posted on May 25th 2011.

Marchante by Nobajoq

Mexico City, MX - 2008
Rock power trio based in Mexico City, one of my first professional studio experiences.

Dibujando Sonidos by Silberén

Mexico City, MX - 2011
An eclectic blend of jazz, pop and electronica by Mexican singer-songwriter Silberén.