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Music Releases (more headlines) 08-09-2017

LOVE MATTERS NOW A New Upcoming Album By Alex Otey Trio, Has This Swedish Music Reviewer Admit That Jazz Can Indeed Swing And Rock

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Email: info@bongoboyrecords.com
Website: http://www.alexotey.com/
August 9, 2017
For Immediate release
Belvidere, NJ


Hej America!

Today my friends at Bongo Boy asked me to review a Jazz album by the Alex Otey Trio.
Now, in the name of full disclosure my first reaction was “Oh no, Jazz makes my head hurt.”, but given that every band deserves to be taken on its own terms I cranked up the track list.
What I heard is not the annoying cacophony that changes time signatures on every 3rd measure.

This folks, is for lack of a better word, ancient Rock and Roll. What I mean is listen to some old Sinatra or any of that Rat Pack stuff and you will get the idea. Now to be sure, the three musicians in this band are all gifted monster players, but I have the feeling that are playing ac-tual songs that just happen to provide an option for each member to solo. In a nutshell, I really dig this music. (Now, I feel I must come clean, I am filled with envy when I listen to their drummer - I played drums for a long time in many bars and clubs so I think I kind of know a thing or two about keeping time, but Kevin Kuchinsky and the other guest drummers, Darrell Soltesz and Ryan Ross I salute you.) I would really like to see these guys live. After listening to the entire album, I have to say that there is not a bad track on the record. The general theme is that these guys are simply dripping with cool. In my dream world, I would want these guys to follow me around and provide me with a personal sound track so that I would make a cool entrance where ever I go.

I dig the piano and the bass and, of course the drums have a laid-back grove that simply smokes.
One interesting track on the album is the third track Richie’s Bop. Granted, Richie wails on his Sax, I truly dig it and Darrell cuts loose with some wicked fills. The thing that made me laugh is that the song is an ode to Charlie Parker. Now, I get it that Charlie Parker is a Jazz god, but honestly whenever I listen to him I become extremely frustrated simply because he is so difficult for me to follow. Oddly that is not the case with Richie’s Bop. I mean I doubt that I could keep up on the song, but I can follow it. I can see where they are going.

The thing about this band is that they are absolutely capable of playing music so abstract that only a serious Jazz Head could dig it, however there is enough swing in most of the songs and even a basic Rock and Roll vibe in the track When I See Your Face (Remix) that anyone with a modicum of ability and soul can follow along. Then there is the track Living For The Moment which could have easily been a cover of a Chuck Berry song When this easily accessible music is combined with the vocals of Alex Otey the effect is stupendous!

Simply put: I was such a Punk rock snob I turned my nose up at Country music until I heard Hank III. In the same vein, for years I have dismissed Jazz as something my Punk rock brain was incapable of enjoying because the music was too confusing.

Alex, you have shown me that Jazz can indeed swing and rock! I find myself actually picking up the groove on Making A Dream. All in all folks, this is an album I would personally buy.

These three guys blow the roof off, but in such a way that it is enjoyable for everyone, not simply the Jazz elites. - The Grouch | Sweden

“Love Matters Now’ by Alex Otey Tro is soon to be released, a light jazz Piano Trio work that includes several wonderful guest artists, including the legendary Richie Cole on Alto Sax, Amy Otey on Backup Vocals, James Popik on Guitar, Lars Wendt on Trombone, Dom DeFranco on Tenor Sax, Darrell Soltesz on Drums and Ryan Ross on Drums.
Keep your ears peeled on iTunes, Spotify, CD Baby and other audio distributors.

Artist Web Site: http://www.alexotey.com/
Twitter: @AlexOtey
Facebook: AlexOteyMusic

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