The Berlin based Swedish saxophonist Otis Sandsjö (Lucia Cadotsch, Farvel) is now premiering his new brainchild Y-OTIS where he is joining forces with keyboardist Elias Stemeseder (Jim Black Trio, John Zorn, Nels Cline, Philm), bassist Frans Petter Eldh (Django Bates, Peter Evans, Marius Neset, Kit Downes) and drummer Tilo Weber (Animate Repose, Clara Haberkamp Trio, David Friedman). The album is a forward-reaching, multilayered collection of eight originals penned by Sandsjö, and the production, signed by Eldh, can be seen as a continuation of his collaborations with the naive computer jazz artist Jameszoo (Brainfeeder). What you get is a form of liquid jazz, born in an era where the understanding of jazz as a musical language has evolved way beyond the concept of the previous modern.
Informed by hiphop and electronic music, Y-OTIS is pure jazz in the sense that the quartet stays true to its constant mission of creating a new form of musical communication. Sandjö’s circular sax riffs, the albums rich production touch, and the chopped-up jazz form creates a musical concept which stays melodic and beat-laden while being free right to the edge of avantgarde. It’s as if the music is sampling itself, constantly keeping ahead of the curve in the musical lineage of jazz. The self-titled debut album is release on Finnish boutique label We Jazz Records.