Mister Ott is:
Matthew Ottignon – tenor and baritone saxes, flute,
Ellen Kirwood : trumpet,
Daniel Pliner – piano, organ,
Ben Panucci – guitar,
Eden Ottignon – bass,
Carlos Adura – drums
Fronted by acclaimed saxophonist Matthew Ottignon, Sydney outfit Mister Ott merge mesmerising eastern sounds, tight jazz/funk, and hypnotic grooves with a psychedelic edge.
With a style originally rooted in the Ethiojazz of Mulatu Astatke and Getatchew Mekurya, Mister Ott is part of a world wide movement of African inspired jazz ensembles, while being equally inspired by hip-hop, soul and electronica.
The band’s first album ‘Drop It Like It’s Ott’ – a high caliber instrumental record that crosses world music with jazz, funk and Ethiopian music – was released in April 2015 and it’s follow up ‘Single Shot’ was released 2017 receiving many favourable reviews in the press both here in Australia and internationally. The band recently returned from performing in Berlin.
“The musicianship on Single Shot is utterly flawless” – BMA Magazine
“Positive, buoyant, Single Shot slides easily from Mulatu Astatke inspired Ethiopian Jazz through the relentlessly compulsive Afro-futurism of Head Hunters/Sunlight period Herbie Hancock” – Echoes and Dust (UK)
“With these sorts of overpoweringly, extremely adventurous tracks there can be no doubt that this collective sends concert halls into every kind of frenzy” – Written In Music (Holland)
“infectious rhythms which range from Mulatu-esque stompers to uptempo afro-beat shakers” – Mos Eisley Blog (Germany)
“These musicians know who they are, where they are, what they are doing and why, and you can hear it” – Jazz Australia
“this is definitely an album you’ll want to hear again” – Eastside Radio