The first release from American branch of Diversons, and something of a departure, Otto is an ensemble from Nashville comprised of two classical musicians and two from the world of light jazz. Together they create a new sound of laid-back music which can still be quite adventurous harmonically, combining flute/clarinet, cello, vibraphone and steel guitar. Their repertoire stretches from modern pop to the French impressionist composers and they should have quiet a big future in the light music world!
"Think of them as the hillbilly Kronos Quartet"
“Most of the tracks on this disc are by Jim Hoke and they’re all delightful. Fauré’s Pavane is really lovely, and the Satie and Milhaud miniatures readily lend themselves to this kind of arrangement. This disc has been one of the most unusual and enjoyable experiences this year. There’s nothing but good feeling here, and it’s very laid-back and cool.. the kind of disc you might return to when you want cheering up. Purely for enjoyment.”