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Mister Ott at Venue 505 – November 13th

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Last Sydney show for the year

The last Mister Ott show for the year will be Friday 13th November at Venue 505.

If you haven’t seen the band live yet, this is your chance. Due to current various commitments with other bands this will be the only Sydney performance. There will be new music on show as well as all the hits from Drop It Like It’s Ott. Check out the reviews to see how we fared in the press and jump on to Bandcamp to buy a copy of the album if you haven’t already.

 

Album review in the SMH

Sydney Morning Herald

September 11, 2015

Shortlist album reviews: Paper Kites, JD Souther, Mr Ott, Flying Saucer Attack and the Maccabees

Mr Ott
DROP IT LIKE IT’S OTT (Earshift)

★★★½

It even had its own name, “Ethio-jazz”, a unique jazz offshoot that Mulatu Astatke nurtured in Ethiopia in the early 1970s, and it soon became a benchmark of hipness. You can hear why in Matt Ottignon’s band Mr Ott, which plays original music drenched in Ethiopian rhythms and textures that is so infectious as to erode my suspicion of projects so subservient to idiom. The grooves, a jigsaw of minimal contributions from horns, guitar, keyboards, bass, drums and percussion, have an edge of exoticism as well as creating surges of energy. Wah-wah guitar, almost the style’s birthmark, is here supplied by Ben Panucci, who also produces some startling solos. Ottignon’s tenor and baritone saxophones intermittently blaze like bushfires through rhythmic thickets in which Eden Ottignon’s bass plays a hypnotic part. Ellen Kirkwood provides slicing trumpet, Daniel Pliner the chunky or slippery keyboards and Dan Kennedy and Steve Marin hold down the all-important drums/percussion duties. JOHN SHAND

Review in this months Rhythms magazine

RHYTHMS MAGAZINE MAY JUNE 2015 – Tony Hillier

Ethiopian jazz and soul from the ‘60s and ’70s has cast a spell in Oz-jazz circles. Sydney’s Mister
OTT is among a handful of excellent local combos exhibiting a strong Ethiojazz influence
cultivated by musicians such as Mulatu Astatke and Getatchew Mekurya, and French producer
Francis Falceto’s seminal Ethiopiques CD series. The debut album of Kiwi expat saxophonist/
flautist Matthew Ottignon’s band – inspired by an Ethiopian tour with singer Dereb Desalegn –
marries the mesmerising eastern-sounding pentatonic scale, distinctive phrasing and trance-like
rhythms of Ethiojazz with groove-laden retro funk and mainstream jazz playing. In Drop It Like It’s Ott, chunky sax solos, often in tandem with trumpet and Farfisa organ swells, swirl on a recording lent authenticity by analogue studio gear. The bright and breezy ‘Gonder’ is a harbinger of what’s to come. A dialogue between upper register trumpet and lower register baritone sax highlights the equally jaunty ‘Take It Higher’. Wah-wah guitar and bass lay down wicked funk rhythm for the horns in ‘Mattaraja’. Distorted axe solos grind in that track and ‘Shalimar The Clown’. Built on a standard Latin groove, ‘Shererit’ and the preceding ‘Octopussy’ include conga solos. ‘Jellyfish’ and set standout ‘Tana Lake Part 2’, which follows a short-but-sweet piano prelude, are comparative slow-burners. Tony Hillier

Drop It Like It’s Ott album launch April 10 at 505

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“Drop It Like Its Ott” is the bands first full length studio album. It will be released on Sydney record label Earshift, run by saxophonist Jeremy Rose.

Band for the launch is the usual six piece augmented with c melody sax and congas.

Matthew Ottignon – saxes, Ellen Kirkwood – trumpet, Daniel Pliner – keys, Ben Panucci – guitar, Eden Ottignon – bass, Dan Kennedy – drums, Peter Farrar – sax, Aykho Akryff – congas.

The Vampires are no strangers to Venue 505, having played at the venue since the early days in Hibernian House. Since 2008 the band has released four albums and toured relentlessly in Australia and recently to Germany. The music builds on the rich history of piano-less jazz quartets with a unique twist, adopting Reggae, Balkan, Afrobeat and Latin rhythms in unexpected ways. Last chance to catch them before their European tour!

‘…A dubby fanfare from Jeremy Rose and Nick Garbett and we are off into the new Vampires album, Tiro – into that unique Vampires place where Ornette Coleman jams at Black Ark, while New York traffic snarls by outside and Bondi surf laps at our (tapping) toes…. Overall Tiro is more blues, more downbeat and definitely more truly beautiful than Garfish. It is a leap, horizontally and vertically, from that 2012 album. The band and the compositions widening and deepening as any great band does as it evolves. – Australian jazz

Jeremy Rose – alto/tenor saxophone + clarinet,Nick Garbett – trumpet,Jonathan Zwartz – bass,Alex Masso – drums and cajon

 

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