First Circle

First Circle

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Jazz and Pop, Latin and Funk... While their sound is original and unmistakably their own, it is deeply rooted in the sounds of our time. First Circle is an original contemporary jazz instrumental trio/quartet, which is unique while appealing to a wide range of listener.

Biography

Jazz and Pop, Latin and Funk... While their sound is original and unmistakably their own, it is deeply rooted in the sounds of our time. Taking their name from Dante (the First Circle is really a fine place, and considering the population of the second circle, well, this is where the good jazz clubs will be) their sound is centered around the acoustic guitar. The all-instrumental arrangements of original tunes tend to have relaxed grooves and strike an elegant balance somewhere between the straight-ahead and smooth-jazz worlds.

Michael Cosgrove and Larry Messer met by way of Seattle's premier Jazz Guitar instructor, Al Turay, with whom both studied for several years. Later came the freedom and energy of a rhythm section. Bassist Jeff Fiorini has played funk and fusion around Seattle for 20-plus years, including stints with smooth-jazz keyboard-meister Deems Tsutakawa. Various drummers join the group, depending on the gig.

First Circle has been regulars at local clubs like Serafina, Grazie, Third Place... Currently they are working on their second CD.

Discography

"First Circle" CD - 2003

Set List

We play mostly originals and play up to four-hour gigs. Besides our own material, we always play our updated arrangements of a few standards.

Recently those have included:
...Blue in Green - Miles Davis
...Black Orpheus - Luis Bonfa
...Another Star - Stevie Wonder
...Dance With Me - Orleans