Ron Otis

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on Otis is one of the most established sidemen in contemporary American jazz. The Detroit based drummer is renowned for his versatility, improvisation and impeccable timing—incorporating syncopated rhythms and funky accenting. Having toured with guitarist Earl Klugh and pianist Bob James for over a decade.

His first solo album, aptly titled Upfront, focuses the spotlight on Otis’ compositional and arrangement skills. The instrumental full-length CD is playfully melodic and quite daring for a debut record. Call it contemporary, nu or smooth; this is modern jazz in its purest form: all chops, few frills and no lead vocals.