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 and 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 Willie Oteri’s Jazz Gunn, Concepts of 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.
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Startling and innovative with licks that are delightfully
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