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OTT at Best Buy, Thursday, December 28th, 2012 Reviewed

If you think jam bands are a little on the immobile side, by all means meet their favorite DJs, such as Disco Biscuits opening act Ott. They make DB look like One Direction.

Ott is an English producer who has worked with the likes of Sinead O'connor and whose 2011 album Mir is a very good sample fest. But live he sways from time to time if he adds a tasty trip-hop inspired beat on his tranceslike but beautiful, er, tracks. But otherwise is engulfed in his own little world and doesn't come out from behind his Mac or really acknowledge the audience.

Ott stands alone and concentrates hard and the audience seems to float away on clouds of sound interrupted by staccato beats, found dialogue and birds cheeping. It all reaches a height of sound manipulation with the delirious "One Day I Wish To Have Have This Kind Of Time" a beautiful 8 minute sound jam with echoes of chamber music clearly delineated on separate tracks. It sounds like it shouldn't be fitting together quite like that but there it goes,

I drifted in and out but my the 45 minute mark (on a workday, hoping the Disco Biscuits might hit the stage early), the sound was making me exceedingly anxious. Still by the end of the set I was won over, and right now, with the music streaming  even as I write, I am impressed with the singular beauty of it all. But I don't ever want to watch it again.

Grade: B

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