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Unspoken

by John Otott

Contemporary piano with a neo-classical touch...beautifully orchestrated with a flavorful amount of violin, cello, flugelhorn, guitar and percussion. Deeply emotional compositions with an abundance of physical energy.
Genre: New Age: Contemporary Instrumental
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1. A Beautiful Night
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2. Sunrise in Avalon
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3. The Dance
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4. Pieces of Eight
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5. Soliloquy
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6. Unbreakable
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7. Emerald Bay
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8. As Now, As Then
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9. Meraki
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


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Produced by Grammy Award winning guitarist and Windham Hill Records founder Will Ackerman, UNSPOKEN is John’s latest release (2019). Working with several Grammy and multi-Grammy award winning artists, UNSPOKEN brings together John’s emotionally-charged piano compositions with world-class musicians and a production team with impressive credits of gold and platinum albums.

"John Otott's recording is a rarity in the contemporary piano realm. While the pieces present wonderfully heartfelt and deeply emotional compositions, there is also an abundance of physical energy and a gratefully-received power in his performances. This is a stunning debut by a pianist who will find his way easily in the piano world." - Will Ackerman, founder of Windham Hill Records.

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Kathy Parsons

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"Unspoken" is the fifth album from pianist/composer John Otott. Produced by Will Ackerman, Tom Eaton and Otott, the album was recorded at Ackerman’s Imaginary Road Studios in Vermont and The Village Recorder in Los Angeles, CA. Otott is a lifelong musician with a varied background that includes rock bands that played in Hollywood hotspots, a jazz/rock band that played with other artists, and writing music for television. Blending that experience with inspiration from events and emotions in his own life gives Otott a unique musical voice that is sometimes vulnerable, sometimes confident, and always colorful and very expressive. In the liner notes for the album, Otott lists his inspirations as: “Kindness, Joy, Devotion and Hope. Sorrow, Despair, Regret and Remorse. Laughter and Gratitude. Love … all are here. All Are Unspoken.” In addition to John Otott at the piano and bass guitar, the stellar line-up of musicians who appear on many Ackerman productions includes Charlie Bisharat (violin), Eugene Friesen (cello), Jeff Oster (flugelhorn and trumpet), Jeff Haynes (percussion) and Will Ackerman (guitar).

"Unspoken" begins with “A Beautiful Night,” a quartet for piano, violin, cello and flugelhorn. Smooth and sensuous, it starts with a peaceful solo piano intro before the other three instruments enter. In some passages of the piece, the piano is in the upper registers of the piano, suggesting twinkling stars while the lower strings of the cello suggest a deepening darkness. It’s a great opener that sets the relaxed tone of the album. “Sunrise In Avalon” is equally relaxed while conveying the warmth and promise of a new day. Otott plays both piano and bass guitar on this piece, which also includes cello, flugelhorn and percussion. At about the mid-point of the piece, the music swells as the colors of the dawn sky intensify - I really like this one! “Pieces of Eight” is a poignant and elegant duet for piano and violin, and Charlie Bisharat really works his magic on this one! “Soliloquy” is also a favorite. It begins as a soulful piano solo before becoming much brighter and more upbeat with violin, cello, guitar, bass guitar and percussion. The darker piano solo returns, finishing with a haunting string accompaniment. “Emerald Bay” first appeared as a piano solo on Otott’s "Flying Machines" (2011). This time, it’s a beautiful duet for piano and flugelhorn. It was a favorite on the first album and is on this one as well. The last two tracks are duets with Charlie Bisharat. “As Now, As Then” is deeply emotional, expressing feelings of longing and sadness - another favorite!. “Meraki” is darker, more intense and stunningly beautiful. Both artists really soar on this one and make the five-year wait between albums well worth it!

"Unspoken" is excellent from the first note to the last!
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