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Mister Ott return to Lazybones

After a great first show at Marrickville’s Lazybones Lounge, Mister Ott will return in March for a full 3 sets.

  • Thursday March 24th.
  • Lazybones Lounge
  • 294 Marrickville Road
  • 8:30pm – Midnight
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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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The complete first ever live performance of Mister Ott now up on Bandcamp

Recorded at Bohemian Grove in Sydney on Sep 12, 2012,  this was the band’s first performance, and features all covers of Ethiopian music. The band name became Mister Ott some time after the artwork was created for this recording.

The band members for this performance were

Matt Ottignon – tenor sax, flute
Ellen Kirkwood – trumpet
Mick Stuart – guitar
Luke Dubber – keys
Eden Ottignon – bass
Dan Kennedy – drums

Engineer – Mick Stuart (on his portable recording rig)