Mister Ott + The Vampires
Two deadly bands in one night. With Mr Ott releasing there new album bringing together some of Sydney’s finest musical talent in an Ethiopian flavoured musical excursion combining eastern sounds and hypnotic dance rhythms with groove-heavy funk.
This Ethiopian flavoured funk outfit launch their new album ‘Drop it Like it’s Ott’ Fronted by acclaimed saxophonist Matthew Ottignon, Mister Ott, brings together some of Sydney’s finest musical talent in an Ethiopian flavoured musical excursion combining eastern sounds and hypnotic dance rhythms with groove-heavy funk.
Featuring Matt’s powerful baritone saxophone and trumpeter Ellen Kirkwood, the new album features original music using ancient Ethiopian scales, heavy Hip Hop beats and 70’s style funk drenched in the keyboard sounds of Daniel Pliner’s organ and clavinet. The heavy rhythm section includes bassist Eden Ottignon, guitarist Ben Panucci and drummer Dan Kennedy.
The album follows the resurgence in Ethio-funk from the popular Ethiopiques series in films such as Broken Flowers (2005) and sampling by Hip Hop-Reggae collaboration Nas and Damien Marley. Inspired by Matt Ottignon’s tour to Ethiopia with iconic world music export Dereb the Ambassador, Drop it Like it’s Ott is a high calibre instrumental album that crosses world music with jazz, funk and Ethiopian music.
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
280 Cleveland Street
Sydney, NSW 2010
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