John Otott | Flying Machines

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Flying Machines

by John Otott

Contemporary, solo piano - dynamic, melodic and emotional
Genre: New Age: Contemporary Instrumental
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1. Falling Softly
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2. Emerald Bay
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3. Reflection
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4. One Minute Fairy Tale
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5. September's Promise
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6. Let It Rain
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7. Remembrance
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8. Serendipity
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


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A multi-instrumentalist and composer, John Otott was an accomplished pianist at a young age. Taking up the bass guitar in high school, John went on to play in a series of rock bands and regulary performed at such Hollywood hot spots as The Whiskey A Go-Go, the Troubadour and the Roxy. He then transitioned into an instrumental jazz band that shared the stage with such artists as Lyle Mays (of Pat Metheny fame), Latin star Tania Maria, Grammy award winning sax player Gato Barbieri and Thelonious Monk Jr. However, he always maintained his love for piano music composition.

John's talent for orchestration attracted the attention of violinist Julie Metz (Yanni, Pacific Symphony Orchestra) with whom he recorded and released his debut instrumental CD, EXIT REALITY, which sold well nationwide under his own label (Daniel Rabbit Records). EXIT REALITY was also released commercially in Taiwan.

EXIT REALITY, in turn, attracted the attention of E! Entertainment Television, for which he composed numerous television spots. John also composed the music for Lisa Duke's "BA," a musical about the life of Victorian poet Elizabeth Barrett Browning.

John released a second CD entitled ROAD TRIP under the name John Micheal. ROAD TRIP was released commercially in Taiwan through Sony/BMG.

FLYING MACHINES, a collection of contemporary solo piano compositions, is John's latest release (2011).


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Kathy Parsons

From MainlyPiano
"Flying Machines" is John Otott’s third release, but his first solo piano recording. A multi-instrumentalist and composer from a very young age, Otott has shared the stage with some of the biggest names in jazz and pop music. He has also composed numerous television spots for E! Entertainment and the music for Lisa Duke’s BA, a musical about the life of Victorian poet Elizabeth Barrett Browning. Flying Machines contains eight original compositions that convey a broad range of emotions. A few of the pieces have keyboard enhancements, but this is mostly a solo piano album. From light and delicate to strong and powerful, the expressiveness of Otott’s music clearly demonstrates what an accomplished musician he is. I really like the variety of the pieces on this album - they flow together well as a whole and give a very nice sampling of Otott’s versatility both as a composer and a pianist. This is a short CD, at just over twenty-five minutes, but the quality is very high and the music is exceptional.

“Falling Softly” begins the album with a light, carefree piece that includes ethereal voices and strings behind the piano. The piece builds as it evolves and becomes more dramatic and intense before returning to the opening theme - a great beginning! I love “Emerald Bay,” and its flowing left hand and poignant melody. “Reflection” is a joyous dance that leaps and swirls as it progresses. I really like this one, too! “One Minute Fairy Tale” is an epic tale told very concisely - perfect in its brevity. “September’s Promise” is a gentle ballad from the heart. It changes tempo in the middle, becoming more upbeat, but just as sincere. “Let It Rain” is much darker and m. String washes enhance the dramatic effects of the piano, which go from quiet showers to crashing thunder to the sun peeking out from behind a cloud - a fascinating concept piece! “Remembrance” begins quietly and pensively, changing themes several times to express different emotions. String washes add touches of drama and color. “Serendipity” is relaxed and peaceful with moments that are moving and others that are lighthearted - a lovely ending to an excellent album.

"Flying Machines" is a delightful introduction to John Otott’s music! Recommended!

REVIEWS NEW AGE

Maestría y belleza... Electrizante!
Breve pero electrizante, así es el último trabajo del milti-instrumentista, compositor y excepcional pianista estadounidense John Otott, una combinación de maestría y belleza compositiva, donde el piano se une a conjuntos de cuerdas y sintetizadores que enaltecen las melodías. Flying Machines se compone de ocho piezas en donde no existe la tristeza; de luz, optimismo y esperanza están llenas sus increíbles manos, unas manos que consiguen encontrar en todo momento su lugar para hacer vibrar al público. Sólo veinticinco minutos de deleite se hacen efímeros para los sentidos.

La primera composición de Flying Machines es "Falling Softly", un tema de notas rápidas, juguetonas y con gran encanto. La pieza es suave y tierna, aunque en su cenit, esta se torna apasionada; debe ser un tema divertido de tocar!. Otott ha dado vida a una de las piezas destacables de Flying Machines.

"Emerald Bay" es fascinante!. Con dos fragmentos muy diferenciados, la primera parte es un piano formal, relajado, y alcanzado el minuto y medio, Otott le ofrece vida y color a la melodía, respirando una asombrosa fuerza y pasión. Sin duda, una de las melodías más bellas.

Con "Reflection" aparece la esperanza. Nuevamente, el pianista interpreta una pieza rápida y de melodía pegadiza, una música alentadora. Intentar imaginar las manos de Otott volar sobre el piano es alucinante!.

"One Minute Fairy Tale", el título lo dice todo. Poco más de un minuto de apacible y conmovedora pieza escrita para piano. La composición es muy hermosa, pero demasiado corta. Pasa desapercibida y su brevedad es su condena.

"September's Promise" podría ser la continuación de "One Minute Fairy Tale", ya que su carácter es similar. Otott sabe como captar la atención del oyente; con un comienzo frágil y lento, intercala un cenit emocionante y "September's Promise" no es una excepción. La música en su estribillo cambia por completo, mostrando un fuerte sentimiento de arrojo.

"Let It Rain" es la pieza más contundente y fría de todo el álbum. En esta ocasión, Otott se aparta del estilo alegre y soñador que ofrece el álbum, dejando ver una pieza ligeramente oscura.

He aquí la obra maestra de Flying Machines, "Remembrance". Con un comienzo enternecedor, quién podría imaginar la fuerza que más tarde podría mostrar esta tranquila pieza. Notas altas y arpegio de acordes son la entrada de uno de los temas más emocionantes del CD. De nuevo, las manos del Maestro Otott recorren el piano interpretando una música bellísima que se acompaña de un conjunto de cuerdas. Un piano sublime!.

Plácida "Serendipity". La última pieza de este EP es una de esas composiciones que muestran un cariño indescriptible. Las serenas y quebradizas notas ofrecen una melodía que viaja entre el amor y la pasión. Un final que acaricia los sentidos y otra de mis preferidas!.


Flying Machines es un álbum extraordinario, las composiciones son extremadamente buenas. John Otott tiene un don, sus magníficas manos y su destreza y calidad para imaginar una música vibrante forman el tandem perfecto. La fuerza y las emociones que despierta este álbum son únicas. El oyente quedará hechizado por este álbum, donde la calidad reluce en todo los sentidos, eso sí, echará de menos veinte minutos más de prodigioso piano. Flying Machines es un álbum muy recomendable!.

reviewsnewage.com
07/09/11