Out of a desire to return to his Jazz roots Bert Dockx (Dans Dans, Flying Horseman, Strand, …) forms a brand new group called “Ottla”. The group – each member is firmly rooted in jazz but also active in other genres – has an invigorating lineup: guitar, two saxes, double bass and two drummers (one of whom does double duty on a whole array of synths and electronics). All together, this crew sets sail for adventure in a colourful and diverse body of work.
Initially the band works on interpretations of ‘jazz originals’ (compositions by Alice Coltrane, Thelonious Monk, Duke Ellington, Herbie Nichols, Sun Ra, …), but soon it turns out that Ottla organically develops a sound which requires a more personal repertoire. In just a short period of time Dockx composes a number of intriguing pieces, inspired by the spontaneous group dynamics and the individual qualities and peculiarities of each musician.
Get ready for a fresh and adventurous view on jazz, with room for all kinds of stylistic side roads. On the menu: swing, rock ‘n roll, ambient, blues and abstract sounds; sultry, exotic, uplifting grooves; stimulating melodies; intense, whisper-quiet sometimes, nocturnal spheres; sporadic flares of musical frenzy; firm and challenging teamwork; focus, intensity and sincere musical zest.


Bert Dockx – guitar
Frans Van Isacker – alto sax
Thomas Jillings – tenor sax
Nicolas Rombouts – bass
Louis Evrard – drums/percussion
Yannick Dupont – drums/percussion/electronics

Management & bookings

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+32 (0)472 56 27 59


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