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Ed Motta has been a name to drop in Brazilian jazz, funk and soul circles for the last two decades – a pop artist with the soul of a jazz musician. A larger than life figure on piano, guitar and vocals he is held in the highest esteem from Rio to Gilles Peterson’s front room. His new album ‘AOR’ is inspired by 70s soul and Steely Dan.
His big hits in Brazil, ‘Manuel’, ‘Baixo Rio’ and ‘Um Love’ have kept him popular at home and his UK popularity has grown through his collaborations with Incognito and 4hero – and he’s a regular presence on Brazilian and dancefloor compilations.
Ed has played with names such as Roy Ayers, Chucho Valdés, Jean-Paul “Bluey” Maunick, Ryuichi Sakamoto, Paul Griffin, Bernard Purdie, Bo Diddley, Ed Lincoln, Mondo Grosso, Marcos Valle, João Donato and Dom Salvador, among many others. His work covers many genres utilising influences from jazz to popular Brazilian music, rock to Hollywood film soundtracks, funk, classical, bossa nova and reggae.
Ed Motta at Ronnie Scotts, October 2013. Read the London Jazz News review here.
This year we’re celebrating the 10th anniversary of the UK’s biggest jazz festival under one roof outside London. Known as the Spring Quartet, this powerful ensemble on its first visit to the UK, brings together Jack DeJohnette, the peerless drummer at the heart of many of the...