"Oteri’s guitar has presence; he is in full control of his sound and builds atmospheric sculptures that Laczko complements with sympathetic and aurally keen counter-envelopes of sound. This is one of those CDs that entirely deserves to be heard by anyone who likes to live inside exotically compelling musical environments. It’s rather beautiful too."
"...goes beyond anything Charlie Parker or Miles Davis did during even the most experimental years of the Be-Bop jazz era, although there's some of that influence in this album, also. This is as much inspired by other avant-guarde artists such as John Cage, Edgard Varese, George Crumb, or Smegma..."
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Guitarist/Improvisation Artist/Producer Willie Oteri known for his work with King Crimson, Frank Zappa and Peter Gabriel alumni has teamed with Austin Trumpeter Dave Laczko (Fearless Jazz Duo, Barons of Rhythm, KAZI radio) on a new project called WD-41, an improvisational, experimental duo creating loops and filtering rhythms from dueling Lexicon LXP-5 delays all recorded live to two tracks on a minidisc recorder.
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“WD-41 is amazing to do with Willie, because we are both coming from as open a space as you can imagine,” says trumpeter Laczko. “As Branford Marsalis once said, ‘The music tells you what to play,’ so I don’t really know what I’m going to play until I hear what Willie is doing. He’s taken me places in my music that I’ve never been before, and what’s even cooler is that you can go to some of those places on our CD!”
Willie Oteri has collaborated and performed with 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) and others including Ronan Chris Murphy (producer and musician), Brannen Temple (Sheena Easton, Kevin Paige, Robben Ford, Eric Johnson), bassist Chris Maresh (Eric Johnson, Abra Moore, Mitch Watkins), Mike Malone (Jimmy Smith) and Ephraim Owens (Erika Badu). The breadth of such performing and recording situations is a testament to his musical versatility and talent. In recent years, it is Oteri’s role as composer and band leader which has garnered him increasing notoriety coupled with a notable unique style on guitar.