Features acoustic piano with harp, cello and vibes.
“He’s a first rate pianist with a big heart.”
– Billboard Magazine
“A pianist with a fine sense of craftmanship and composition, bringing forth pieces as lovingly assembled as high quality woodworking.”
– The Argus Magazine
1980 Windham Hill WD-0086
Produced by George Winston, featuring Alex de Grassi.
“Cossu weds ethnic diversity to his natural style of ethereal piano. His enticing polyrhythms are fit for ecstatic dancing. A sparkling record.”
– The Boston Globe
“Undoubtedly, Scott Cossu is one of the jazz luminaries of the future.”
– Billboard Magazine
1981 Windham Hill WD-1016
Features flutist Dave Valentin and bassist Mark Egan.
Scott Cossu/Islands: #1 JAZZ National Airplay.
– Radio & Records Magazine
“Inspired by extended travel, it presents a powerful collection of original solo and ensemble pieces with Cossu on piano, with New York’s finest musicians. Powerful, tasteful and may be one of the label’s best offerings.”
– The Argus Magazine
“Cossu expands his musical vocabulary with larger arrangements featuring horns, bass, and drums. The more impressionistic leanings of his previous releases are also expanded upon through the album’s fusion of blues, jazz, Latin, and classical elements. Islands features some major contemporary jazz names like flutist Dave Valentin, bassist Mark Egan, drummer Danny Gottlieb, and violinist Michal Urbaniak.”
– Linda Kohanov, All music Guide
1984 Windham Hill WD-1033
With Paul Winter consort cellist Eugene Friesen.
“A rich, highly romantic and pastoral record.”
– Cash Box Magazine
“An inspiring piece of music. If the love of one’s craft could be packaged, it would be wrapped up in ‘REUNION’.”
– Entertainment Magazine
1986 Windham Hill WD-1049
She Describes Infinity
With guitarist Van Manakas, produced by Tom Canning.
“If you are in the mood for some articulate and intelligent music to calm your soul, this is for you.”
– The Daily Aztec
“An engaging, melodious album with a variety of musical shadings.”
– The Blade
“Adorned with rich instrumentation, Cossu brings his classical background together with the influences of early soul and a little pop jazz.”
1987 Windham Hill WD-1063
#4 New Horizons Pick of the Year, #2 Gavin Record Charts.
“He has an ear for the right riff, and his group manages to sound sincere while stretching the limits of the style just slightly.”
– Keyboard Magazine
“Switchback is his seventh and most passionate album to date. Rich in atmospheric textures. Pick of the month.”
– Tempo Magazine
1989 Windham Hill WD-1081
“Listeners will experience the wonder of a musical performance by Van Manakas on fretless bass and acoustic guitar and Scott Cossu on piano, guitar and keyboards. Also featured are the sounds of songbirds, sparring elk, rain, wind and a stream.” - MusD, All Music Guide
Van Manakas with Scott Cossu
1991 Non-Broadcast Video Finalist Award
– The 34th Annual New York Festivals
1991 Peter Roberts PRCD2010
A ten year retrospective of Cossu’s work on the Windham Hill label, a chronical of his most popular works. The album exhibits Scott’s many departures from the new age field, with a melodic blend of jazz, classical and ethnic influences.
1992 Windham Hill 01934 11112-2
Stained Glass Memories
With Van Manakas, Dave Valentin, and Sammy Figueroa
“This recording finds the pianist in fine tuned perfection, writing and playing life affirming songs of wonderment.”
– Movin’ in Stereo
“What a breath of fresh air! I was especially taken by cut #4, Old Man Mambo... I think that it is a perfect song! Bravo Scott!”
– Pac Attacks
“The release of Stained Glass Memories...caps one of the most remarkable stories of personal triumph in contemporary music. Consistent with Cossu’s popular and distinctively melodic blend of jazz, classical and ethnic influences, the new music evokes a panorama of deep emotions. Stained Glass Memories, recorded with previous Cosuu collaborators guitarist Van Manakas, flutist Dave Valentin, bassist Mark Egan, and drummer Robbie Armeen, is a joyous celebration of recovery from a traumatic car accident Cossu suffered in 1989. It is powerful evidence of his recovery and the full majesty of his musical language.”
– MusD, All Music Guide
1992 Windham Hill 01934-11120-2
When Spirits Fly
“Scott Cossu’s return to the new age/smooth jazz fold is a miracle in itself. Hit by a car while crossing a street in Los Angeles in 1989, the keyboardist’s resulting amnesia meant he had to learn music all over again and rediscover his gifts.When Spirits Fly is then not only a tribute to the preciousness of life, but also confirmation that after a long period of recovery, he’s just as melodic as ever...Cossu proves that even spiritual minded composers can swing with the funkiest of jazz players; many of the jumping, percussive lines of ‘Hakone’ and ‘Vina Del Mar’ are done in perfect tandem with the Wes Montgomery flavored guitar of Van Manakas...He bounces off the reliable soprano sax of Justo Almario on the laid back ‘Coming Home’ and goes for a touch of the exotic with violinist Willie Royal (from Willie & Lobo) on the title track... While Cossu draws upon his instrument’s extraordinary percussive potential, ultimately it’s the graceful beauty of simple melodies which stay with the listener longest.” — Jonathan Widran, All Music Guide
“For instrumental/atmospheric jazz fans, here’s a fine new work.”
— Chris Yeargers, Victory Music Review
“This CD is an uplifting and enjoyable listen with a lot of musical merit. It’s primarily an acoustic outing, with shades of light classical, boogie (‘Vina Del Mar’), and easy listening.”
— Hughes Reviews
“New age mainstay Scott Cossu is back after a long absence with his new album of accessible, earthy, piano-based instrumentals...Landing between pop and light jazz, ‘When Spirits Fly’ is a creative, acoustic-based new age record of enduring beauty, sure to lift the spirits of those who waited and win some new fans in the process.”
— The Big Room
1998 MIRIMAR 09006-23134-2
Released September 3, 2002 and was the first title of the new Alula Visions label.
2002 ALU 3000