Primary Instrument: Guitar, electric
Willie Oteri is an anomaly in the music world having survived tragedy and financial hardship that forced him to quit music as a profession in the early part of his career. After nearly ten years away from performing and most of this time not even owning an instrument Oteri came back to music, first part time then full, older, wiser but as eager and excited as anyone to again have a life of music With a small budget he released two well received blues/rock albums in the late ‘90s before moving to Austin Texas where he quickly befriended some of Austin’s top Jazz musicians leading to the 2000 release of Jazz Gunn aka MateMaToot. Wanting to further pursue the freedom of electric Jazz and improvisation Oteri contracted producer Ronan Chris Murphy (King Crimson, Chucho Valdes ) to produce Spiral Out (2003- 2005) a progressive jazz album featuring King Crimson and Zappa alums Tony Levin, Pat Mastelotto and Mike Keneally with the added help of Austin trumpeter Ephraim Owens. This well received DIW (Diskunion Japan) release produced tours in Europe and Japan. Oteri relocated to Italy in 2003 and after spending nearly 4 years in Italy as a base Oteri returned to Austin. Working with Austin trumpeter Dave Laczko Willie released WD-41 (2009) and WD-41+2 Temi Per Cinema (2010) with added musicians Dino J.A, Deane and Scott Amendola. These releases were well received by fans and critics around the world. Temi Per Cinema was a Top 3 Editors pick in Guitar Player Magazine. Recent tours of Germany have produce live recordings which will be release August 27. 2013. More information on this project here: http://news.allaboutjazz.com/news.php?id=104925#.Uey5TY04uKA...
Initially Oteri offers a more languid approach that creates mood, something rather lacking among this column’s CDs, with their in-yer-face anxiety to please.”
—Stuart Nicholson - JazzTimes
Jamming with you must be one of the greatest things—your music sounds great, and it always amazes me how far you can stretch a musical idea. Brilliant!
—Guitarist Enrico Crivellaro
My favorite avant garde guitarist! —Habitual Grace Records
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