OTTO: Little Pieces

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Catalogue No: DDV 62401
EAN/UPC: 809730240126
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Release Date: November 2008
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Discs: 1
Sample: Bells of Porlock (J. Hoke) - beginning

The first release from our American branch, and something of a departure, Otto is an ensemble from Nashville comprised of two classical musicians and two from the world of light jazz. Together they create a new sound of laid-back music which can still be quite adventurous harmonically, combining flute/clarinet, cello, vibraphone and steel guitar. Their repertoire stretches from modern pop to the French impressionist composers and they should have quiet a big future in the light music world!

Otto are: Jim Hoke (pedal steel and autoharp; Austin Hoke (cello); Robbie Shankle (flute, clarinet, saxophone); Kirby Shelstad (vibraphone)

Track Listing

    Gabriel Fauré:

  1. Pavane (5:42)
  2. Jim Hoke:

  3. I. Blue Mailboxes – no. 1 (1:08)
  4. II. Blue Mailboxes – no. 2 (0:41)
  5. II. Blue Mailboxes – no. 3 (1:24)
  6. Frank Zappa:

  7. Mom and Dad (4:14)
  8. Glover Johns Gill:

  9. Mignon (2:05)
  10. Jim Hoke:

  11. Bells of Porlock (2:49)
  12. David Byrne:

  13. Accident (2:42)
  14. Erik Satie:

  15. I. Trois Gnossiennes – no. 1 (2:06)
  16. II. Trois Gnossiennes – no. 2 (1:53)
  17. III. Trois Gnossiennes – no. 3 (2:19)
  18. Darius Milhaud:

  19. Sumare (1:59)
  20. Brian Wilson:

  21. Don’t talk (2:33)
  22. Jim Hoke:

  23. Fable for Four (3:39)
  24. Two and Two (2:11)
  25. Frank Zappa:

  26. Aybee Sea (2:25)
  27. George Young/Harry Vanda:

  28. Friday on my Mind (4:06)
  29. Jim Hoke:

  30. Vaguely French (1:47)

Reviews

MusicWeb

Most of the tracks on this disc are by Jim Hoke and they’re all delightful. Fauré’s Pavane is really lovely, and the Satie and Milhaud miniatures readily lend themselves to this kind of arrangement. This disc has been one of the most unusual and enjoyable experiences this year. There’s nothing but good feeling here, and it’s very laid-back and cool.. the kind of disc you might return to when you want cheering up. Purely for enjoyment.

” —Bob Briggs
Midwest Record

Hoke and company let the good times roll. This is a delightful new side to one of the hardest working men in show business.

” —Chris Spector