""you'll be hallucinating by the time it's over, whether or not you were when it began." -Barry Cleveland, Guitar Player Magazine
This self produced and self published CD adds the +2 to it's group name (normally just WD-41) to bring in 2 guest musicians Dino J.A. Deane ( multi instruments with folks like Jon Hassell and John Zorn) and drummer Scott Amendola ( check out his work with Niels Cline). This proves to be a great combination to say the least. These four artists allow the original duo of Willie Oteri (guitars/Live Loops) and Dave Laczko (Trumpet/Effects) to expand and really sail off into the spacious cosmos open psychedelic jazz fusion that has similarities of Jon Hassell ( although a lot more aggressive and certainly more guitar oriented ) due to Kaczko's breathy and orbital trumpet playing and effects, and Steve Tibbetts as it has a beautiful mix of exotic percussion and guitar in that wandering in the clouds atmosphere throughout.
I hesitate to state that this music is all improvised due to the immediate reaction from many people that will assume this is some chaotic made up as you go stewpot, but let me have your attention on this next sentence. This is truly NOT one of those out of control diddling and making noise kind of recordings. I was really surprised this was improv, but now I can see their talents coming together and making this extremely listenable recording. In fact, it sounds as composed as any Jon Hassell release. To give some quick background on WD-41, from Texas, Willie Oteri has worked with greats like Mike Keneally, Tony Levin, and Jerry Marotta ( just to name a few familiar giants in the progressive world) and Austin trumpeter Dave Laczko has been a DJ on station KAZI for 13 years anchoring weeknight jazz programming. He has played with many jazz bands such as The Fearless Jazz Duo with trumpeter/Prime Swing pianist Mel Winters. The two mainstays of WD-41 do indeed have a fine chemistry together.
The music itself, just carries the listener off and allows you to feel a part of the landscape they paint with each song. It's about a 70/30 mix of calm exotic dark jazz ( I hear some definite Terje Rypdal influence) and at the right moments, the more aggressive avant-garde jam jazz rises up. No question this could be signed onto the ECM label. I think they'd be welcomed there. It seems they are doing fine though on their own. Their debut CD got voted number 24 in the Top 50 best Jazz CD's of 2009 by jazz publication All About Jazz. I think this release will reach an even higher ranking. It's even more developed and dense with very multi-layered pieces of music. I still have a hard time calling it improvised, but all the artists are proud that it is indeed what it is. As a musician myself for 42 years, I am impressed.
Reviewed by Lee Henderson on August 31st, 2010
Release Dates: Digital/Download - July 10, 2010, CD Release date - August 24, 2010
Willie Oteri and Dave Laczko’s
Temi Per Cinema
Willie Oteri – guitar, live loops Dave Laczko – trumpet, effects Dino J.A. Deane – beatjocky, lapsteel dulcimer Scott Amendola – drums, percussion
Following their critically acclaimed and well received 2009 release WD-41 the duo of Willie Oteri and Dave Laczko have teamed with the talents of beat jockey and multi-instrumentalist Dino J.A. Deane (John Zorn, Jon Hassell, Bill Frisell) and drummer Scott Amendola (Nels Cline, Charlie Hunter) for an extension of their exploratory sonic trip.
The readers of All About Jazz, the largest and most quoted Jazz and Beyond Jazz publication in the world voted WD-41 to the number 24 spot in the “Top 50 Most Recommended Reviews of 2009” and at the time of this writing WD-41 has reached 55 and climbing in the “Top 100 Most Recommended Reviews of All Time”, also at AAJ. The new release, Temi Per Cinema, brings us another exciting totally improvised exploratory journey based on live loops by Willie Oteri with live trumpet and effects created by Dave Laczko recorded direct to two tracks in Willie’s home with Deane and Amendola’s improvised tracks added later while still retaining that “live vibe”. Editing is kept to a minimum, a fade in here, a fade out there, leaving a raw energy and excitement that can only happen in an improvised setting.
Glenn Astarita at All About Jazz wrote about WD-41; “…a spacey trip; chock full of loops, streaming synth noises, and fractured sojourns into the cosmic void. The musicians fuse maniacal psychedelia with free-form improvisation. Oteri makes his guitar weep in concert with otherworldly implementations…”
Temi Per Cinema promises to take the listener even farther on this journey.
Willie Oteri’s musical versatility and talent has propelled him to collaborations and performances with J. A. Deane, Scott Amendola, Tony Levin (Peter Gabriel, King Crimson, John Lennon), Pat Mastelotto (King Crimson, XTC), Mike Keneally (Frank Zappa), Jerry Marotta (Peter Gabriel), Stu Hamm (Joe Satriani, SteveVai) Ronan Chris Murphy (producer/mixer), Brannen Temple (Sheena Easton, Robben Ford, Eric Johnson), Chris Maresh (Eric Johnson, Abra Moore, Mitch Watkins), Mike Malone (Jimmy Smith) and Ephraim Owens (Erika Badu). In recent years, it is Oteri's role as an improviser, composer and band leader which has garnered him increasing notoriety, coupled with his notable unique style on guitar.
WD-41 and WD-41+2 Temi Per Cinema are available at CDBaby, iTunes, Discipline Global Mobile (DGM), and Abstract Logix.
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