Several weeks ago I got a surprise package from Ron Otis. It included a copy of his latest solo record: "Stay In Your Lane", and a new record he did with the World Groove Project from Detroit: "Zap Toro-Vision Quest". For both of these he used his 1.5 Steel--5.5 x 14 & 1.5 Steel--4 x 15.
Ron has been incredible to deal with since the first time I came into contact with him. He is massive talent, and is a modest & unpretentious player who garners enormous respect. He is one of the industry's greats in Smooth Jazz & R & B, and is always the consummate pro & gentleman. I have said this to him on several occasions and will repeat it again: If you want to be successful in the music business...He is a prime example on just how to do that.
His primary drum is the 1.5 Steel--5.5 x 14. That drum has been used extensively on the road with KEM on two arena tours: The Forever Charlie Tour & Promise To Love Tour. The 1.5 Steel--4 x 15 was also used on the Promise To Love Tour as well, and he also has a 1.5 Steel--5.5 x 15. In addition, he performs regularly with Aretha Franklin, and is a long time collaborator with Earl Klugh.
Thank You Ron for everything. I have played each of these records through three times, and they will be in my rotation here-Permanently. Your playing & music is as one might expect....Masterful.