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Ottsen Flowers & Clark: Live @ Squashed Grapes

by Ottsen Flowers & Clark

Here's a little live recording of Ottsen Flowers & Clark having a blast @ Squashed Grapes Wine & Jazz House in Ventura, CA. This is not a produced recording. Just a quicky done on a Zoom, hence the low price. Enjoy!
Genre: Jazz: West Coast Jazz
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Olive Stings You Arm (Live)
5:30 $0.99
2. Greg's Favorite (Live)
6:59 $0.99
3. Nothing Personal (Live)
5:17 $0.99
4. If I Only Had a Brain (Live)
5:00 $0.99
5. The Way You Look Tonight (Live)
6:48 $0.99
6. Strange Meeting (Live)
7:08 $0.99
7. You Choose Blues (Live)
4:28 $0.99
8. In the Moment (Live)
7:06 $0.99
9. Groove Elation (Live)
8:42 $0.99
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Album Notes
Hans Ottsen (guitar)
Rachel Flowers (piano/synth/flute/vocals)
Adam Clark (drums)

Ottsen Flowers & Clark is an improvisational organ trio from Ventura, CA, featuring 21yo (as of this writing) musical prodigy, Rachel Flowers, guitarist/composer Hans Ottsen, & drummer Adam Clark.

The tunes:

1) Olive Stings You Arm (Hans Ottsen) A contrafact on All The Things You Are
2) Greg's Favorite (Rachel Flowers)
3) Nothing Personal (Don Grolnick arr. Hans Ottsen)
4) If I Only Had A Brain (Howard Arlen) Rachel plays flute on this one
5) The Way You Look Tonight (Jerome Kern)
6) Strange Meeting (Bill Frisell)
7) You Choose Blues (Hans Ottsen)
8) In The Moment (Rachel Flowers lyrics by Jeanie Flowers) Rachel sings on this one.
9) Groove Elation (John Scofield)

The players:

Multi-talented instrumentalist and composer Rachel Flowers doesn't remember a time when she didn't play the piano.
The daughter and granddaughter of musicians, Rachel was introduced to the piano at age two when, in an effort to stop her from banging on the family piano with her toys, her mother showed her how to play "Twinkle Twinkle Little Star." Rachel was immediately captivated, and was soon working out for herself every song she heard.
At 4 years-old, Rachel became a student of the Southern California Conservatory of Music, and has also studied with The Thelonious Monk Institute of Jazz and The Academy of Music for the Blind. Her piano teachers include Grant Horrocks, David Pinto, Robert Ward, Yoon Seung Cho, and the late Barbara Schneiderman. Additionally, she has studied music theory, Braille Music Notation, and jazz fundamentals with Richard Taesch, jazz theory and history with JB Dyas, classical flute with Toby Caplan-Stonefield, and is presently studying voice with Linda Ottsen. During her middle school and high school years, Rachel played the flute with the symphonic and marching bands, qualifying for honor band every year, and learned to play the vibraphone and the alto sax as well. As a soloist, Rachel performed in a variety of music festivals and competitions, bringing home multiple ribbons, certificates, and awards as both a classical flutist and jazz pianist. Rachel ended her high school career by receiving both the John Phillip Souza Band Award, and the Marine Corps Semper Fidelis Award for excellence in musicianship.
Now 21 years-old, Rachel is perhaps best known for her YouTube videos featuring her interpretations of the compositions of Emerson Lake and Palmer, performed as a solo artist on the piano and on the organ, and for her SoundCloud multi-track recordings of various classical and progressive pieces by artists ranging from Claude Debussy to Frank Zappa.
At present Rachel is in the process of recording and mixing her first solo album of original compositions. As if all that wasn't enough, Rachel is also the subject of the documentary film "Rachel Flowers - Hearing Is Believing," currently in production and slated for a 2016 theatrical release.
Rachel proudly endorses Nord Keyboards.

Hans Ottsen has played and studied music since birth. His mother, Linda Ottsen, soprano, sang for Leonard Bernstein & Aaron Copland, performing at Kennedy Center with Hans in the womb. After studying classical piano until his mid-teens, he began playing guitar & pursued his formal education at the University of Southern California, continuing his studies at the Manhattan School of Music in New York City, focusing on jazz guitar, improvisation, & music theory. His teachers include Joe Diorio, Chris Rosenberg, Frank Potenza, Pat Kelley, Mark Pratt, John Stowell, Garry Dial, & most recently Gilad Hekselman. Hans performs in many ensembles: HANS OTTSEN TRIO (various incarnations include Drew Gress, Don Peretz, Jeff Falkner, Tyler Hammond, Danny Young, Hunter Van Dam, & Adam Clark), HANS OTTSEN QUARTET (featuring saxophonists Karl Hunter, Jacob Scesney, & Doug Webb), IDIOSYNC w Bevan Manson & Tyler Hammond, KARL HUNTER QUARTET, OTTSEN FLOWERS & CLARK w Rachel Flowers & Adam Clark, Charles Levin's CODA w Tom Etchart, Bevan Manson, & Tom Buckner, TICO TRIO w Adam Clark & Randy Tico, Harlem Holler Trio w Phil Salazar & Randy Tico, to name a few. In March 2015, Hans performed the debut of 'Santa Monica Mountains', composed for jazz guitar & chamber orchestra & written for Hans by composer/pianist Bevan Manson. He has performed at venues across the U.S. and Europe. Performance venues include The Knitting Factory (NYC), NAMM, The Thousand Oaks Center for the Arts, The Mint, Chadneys, Soho, Squashed Grapes, and dozens of jazz venues between San Francisco & Los Angeles. Hans has toured Denmark and Holland playing shows with drummer Don Peretz and saxophonist Sam Sadigursky. In addition to his performing life, Hans is co-producer at Filzar Studios, owned by bluegrass fiddler Phil Salazar. There he has worked with artists such as Jim Christie, Tom Scott, Jeff Elliott, Randy Tico, Gilles Apap and others.

Adam Clark endorses DREAM Cymbals. He was introduced to music while in the womb as his Mom played the piano and sang. She taught her three children to sing as toddlers. Without really knowing it, Adam received valuable ear training
very early on and he compares this to growing up in a bilingual household. Learning something well that early on sticks with you for life. This separates him from many other drummers with a less melodic ear. He went on to take a few years of piano lessons before switching to the drums at the age of 11 while living in Frankfurt, Germany. At this
time he began taking lessons with his Father's (a career army band director) drummers. Adam went to school for jazz performance at Mesa Community College and Arizona State University.Adam has had the pleasure of working with such great musicians as Stanley Jordan, David “Fathead” Newman, accordion master Frank Marocco, Papa John DeFrancesco, Mike Crotty, Richard Todd, Raul Yanez, DJ Radar, El Chicano, Brice Winston, Catalin Rotaru, Michael Kocour, Nicole Pesce, Wah!, Dennis Rowland, Nick Manson and Billy Mitchell.Adam is a performer first that thrives in live concert settings and studio work. With over 25 years of experience, he has been a professional musician since 1995 and has consistently led his own jazz groups since 1999. He has been heard opening up for Joey DeFrancesco,
Blues Traveler, Alice Cooper, Bernard Allison, Big Pete Pearson and Angelique Kidjo. Adam has been honored to sit in and perform live with George Benson, Joey DeFrancesco, Jesse McGuire, Wes “Warm Daddy” Anderson, Marcus Printup, Andre Hayward and Wycliffe Gordon.Since moving to southern California in June of 2012 Adam has had
the distinct honor of working with world class musicians Lenny Castro, Marshall Hawkins, Casey Abrams, Jimmy Vivino, Coco Montoya, Randy Tico, Hans Ottsen, Rachel Flowers, Granville "Danny" Young, Bevan Manson and Doug Webb.

Recorded live @ Squashed Grapes, Ventura CA

Recorded by Pablo Plasencia

Mastered by Brian Hutchinson

Artwork by Ashley Broder

Photography by Kristina L.A. Schlah

To help fund the documentary 'Rachel Flowers: Hearing Is Believing' by Lorenzo DeStefano
search for the Indiegogo campaign. Your help is greatly appreciated!



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