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Ed Motta // Dwitza (Bend) 2002

June 9, 2010

This is my first day at Brownswood as an intern and Alex asked me to write a post about a recent discovery I’ve made. I hope you will find it interesting.

Ed Motta was born in Rio De Janeiro in the early 70′s. He comes from a very musical family – his uncle was the hugely popular Brazilian soul singer Tim Maia. He started out working as a vocalist with guitarist Comprido in the mid-80s. Together they set up Conexão Japeri and went on to release an album in 1988. Ed was also a singer in the hard rock band Kabbalah (very much influenced by the likes of Deep Purple and Black Sabbath) before starting out on his solo path, traveling to New York where he spent a year developing his own unique style both as a singer and an instrumentalist, collaborating with world class American musicians and recording an as-yet-unreleased album.

‘Manual Pratico para Festas, Bailes e Afins, Vol. 1′ (released in 1997) is a great example of his work. It includes a dance-driven repertoire but without losing his commitment to jazz and traditional Brazilian musical styles. Then in 2002 he released the album Dwitza and it was with this that Ed Motta made his mark on the jazz-samba-rock influenced Brazilian sound and established himself as a creative and contemporary force.

I’ve picked up on this album recently and it’s an interesting one for me being a jazz musician. Not only has a lot of musical creativity and thought gone in to each composition in regards to chord structures, textures and dynamics but also a great deal of effort has gone in to the finished sound of the record. Dwitza has been mixed in a way that gives the listener a completely live musical experience without physically being at a gig and without it being recorded in a live setting. Essentially it’s a studio album and the thing that makes it interesting is the fact that no effects, i.e. reverb, delay compression limiters etc have been added in the final mix or have they been used for the vocals or other instruments featured. This gives the listener an experience that seems to touch the heart and soul in a very direct and deep level. On listening to the record I can here the many influences, from bebop-inspired jazz melody lines, traditional Brazilian folk elements, funky Latin-based grooves, plenty of hip-shaking samba rhythms and juicy chord voicings that perpetuate his musical experiences.

Check out this slow organ groove based track off the album Dwitza…

This was a real discovery for me – check it!!!