Ed Motta
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Ed Motta

Rio, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil | Established. Jan 01, 1990 | MAJOR

Rio, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil | MAJOR
Established on Jan, 1990
Band Jazz Soul


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"Soultrain Online"

Album of the month – Soultrain Online -

"Soulandjazzandfunk (UK)"

“The best album Steely Dan never made.” Soulandjazzandfunk (UK) -


“Donald Fagen gets tough competition – from Rio.” Kulturnews -


“It does not happen often, that a new album really knocks you off your feet. “AOR” does just that. Timeless album-classics for eternity still exist.” Jazzdimensions -

"Die Welt"

“The best Steely Dan album, that Steely Dan did not record. World championship like!” Die Welt -


“Musical colossus from Rio. (…) With his twelfth album the musician from Rio, who was nominated for a Grammy already, is well on his way to his breakthrough in Europe.” Piranha -

"Jazz thing"

“Funky Hedonist. (…) a very relaxed soulpop for palm-tree-lined avenues and colourful cocktails in a lounge-chair, carried by a perfect, smooth sound.” Jazz thing -

"Rolling Stone"

“Ever since the late 80s (Ed Motta) is the reference for jazzy Soul from Brazil. (…) His baritone thrones in voluminous luchness. (…) In his unexcitedness lies an immense perfection, in the relaxed manner a grand love of detail.” Rolling Stone -

"Gilles Peterson"

“Ed Motta is the Don!” Gilles Peterson -

"SOLD OUT - Ed Motta, Support: The Ronnie Scotts All Stars Saturday 12th October"

Ed Motta (guitar and voice), Matti Klein (piano), Paulinho Guitarra (guitar), Miguel Casais (drum), Hannes Huefken (bass)

At the end of the 80´s Ed Motta burst upon the music scene as a major singer and one of Conexão Japeri´s composers and producers. He was an instant success on the carioca show circuit and his 1988 debut album, "Conexão Japeri" (Warner), confirmed it. Songs like "Manuel", "Vamos dançar", "Baixo Rio" and "Um love" became big hits. The songs were marked by lavish musicality and introduced strong soul and funk components into the pop-rock scene that was the rage in Brazil at the time. It was soon clear that at age 16, Ed Motta had arrived and was making plans to soar much higher.

Two decades later, not even the most optimistic of optimists could have foreseen he would get this far. Today he is a singer and composer, plays several instruments, makes arrangements and produces music in many different countries. In his own style, while remaining loyal to funk-soul, he mixes influences that vary from jazz to popular Brazilian music, from Hollywood film soundtracks to rock, from classical music to American standards, from bossa nova to reggae.

Born on August 17th., 1971, in Rio de Janeiro, Eduardo Motta grew up surrounded by music. As the nephew of singer and composer Tim Maia, the creator of Brazilian - and more to the point, Carioca - soul music, his earliest recollections are of his uncle´s music, the samba-canção and bossa nova albums his parents, Luzia e Antonio Carlos, would listen to. He also remembers Earth, Wind & Fire hits, Stevie Wonder tunes and his sister Regina´s favorite: disco music, the rage during the 70´s. But what made his natural passion for music turn into an obsession was British blues-rock: Thin Lizzy, Humble Pie, Led Zeppelin, Free, Rory Gallagher... An obsession that led him to accept an invitation a neighbor made to become lead singer of a hard rock band called Kabbalah

When he had covered the whole blues and rock catalog and its byproducts, Ed heard "Blow by blow", and realized that what English guitar player Jeff Beck did was soak up from the same soul and funk source he himself had listened to throughout his childhood. It was the mid-80´s and that´s when it all started: the birth of the Ed Motta that was to become famous through his recordings and his band, Conexão Japeri. The band toured Brazil, the album was a great hit and sold ...., prompted by three huge hits played over and over again on radios: "Manuel", "Baixo Rio" and "Vamos dançar", songs that to this day are standard requests in all his shows.

In 1996, the soundtrack of the film "Pequeno dicionário amoroso" (directed by Sandra Werneck) proved that Ed was close to reaching a combination of artistic ambition and commercial success. The album was released by BMG and ratified the influence of MPB (Brazilian Popular Music - from bossa nova to choro) and jazz on Ed´s music. The success of the song "Falso milagre do amor", an elaborate samba-canção in a soul-funk framework, with lyrics by Ronaldo Bastos, proved that Ed was ready. This also became obvious through his many performances throughout Brazil and around the world. He experimented with different configurations and took part in conductor Nelson Ayres´Symphonic Jazz Orchestra. Ed also sang in London, Buenos Aires, Nova York, Boston, Miami and Rome. In Paris, after his show at the Hot Brass, a traditional Parisian jazz club where the avant-garde movement started, he got four encores.

After Universal hired him in 1997, Ed released "Manual prático para festas, bailes e afins, Vol. 1", sharing production credits with Liminha. This time he proved it was possible to write quality commercial pop music. Pop prêt-à-porter. It was a bold move musically-speaking and he managed to merge his first influences, funk, soul and pop, with what he had begun to listen to in the mid-90´s: orchestras, jazz, Hollywood soundtracks and Broadway musicals.

In 1997, after his album was released and became a hit on radio stations and a favorite in record stores, Ed toured Brazil and performed in Europe and the USA, where he did a show with vibraphonist and singer Roy Ayers, at New York City´s Central Park Summer Stage. In 1999, Ed teamed up with Ivan Lins and went on a coast to coast tour of the USA. The Carnegie Hall show in New York City boasted performances by guests singer Chaka Khan and bass player Will Lee. That same year, Ed took part in Mondo Grosso´s album, a project by Japanese composer and producer Shinichi Osawa. While on tour, Ed also found time to compose and record the soundtrack for "De janela pro cinema", Quiá Rodrigues´s award-winning film at the Vitória, Maranhão and Recife film festivals.

Soundwise, Ed invests in funk and soul you can dance to, music that has been present in many moments of his career - from "Conexão Japeri" to the two editions of his "Manual Prático" -, on an album that was co-produced by Silvera (musician and singer with two solo records) and used analogic and digital instrumental. - Copyright © 2012 Ronnie Scott's



  • AO VIVO 1993
  • AOR



  • Ed Motta: Piano, Fender Rhodes, Voice
  • Matti Klein: Piano, Fender Rhodes, synthesizer
  • Paulinho Guitarra: Guitar
  • Miguel Casais: Drums
  • Hannes Huefken: Bass
  • TBC: 2 Horns

Listen to this incredible voice, feel this infectious energy, love the songs, admire the production! Ed Motta is obviously more than just a Grammy-nominated musician, singer, songwriter, entertainer and connoisseur; the Colossus of Rio is a force of nature. Already an idol in his native Brazil, somewhere between MPB, Soul, Funk, Rock, and Jazz (and also a recognized wine, beer and tea expert!), the 42-year-old has been an insiders tip in Europe for some years now via enthusiastic essays, radio broadcasts from fans like Gilles Peterson, guest appearances with the likes of Roy Ayers, 4 Hero, Seu Jorge, Incognito, Bo Diddley and Ryuichi Sakamoto and a few solo concerts, such as at the North Sea Jazz Festival.

With the fantastic "AOR", his twelfth album under his own name, Ed Motta could finally become an even bigger sensation on this side of the globe. The time is ripe, the album no less than perfect: "AOR" is Ed Mottas warm and exciting tribute to the "Album-" or "Adult-Oriented-Rock", which bands like Earth, Wind & Fire, Doobie Brothers, Chicago, The Beach Boys or Steely Dan influenced and formed. Above all, it is a contemporary song collection with at least as much style as melodic bliss. Another bonus: all lyrics (apart from the jingle "AOR") on this "English" version* were written by none other than Rob Gallagher aka Earl Zinger, the former front-man of Galliano and current MC for Kruder & Dorfmeister. The musicians playing with and around Ed Motta are also beyond any doubt some of the greatest of this and any other genre: from the American guitar legend David T. Walker via the Incognito-guitarist "Bluey" Maunick to local legends such as Jota Moraes, Chico Pinheiro and Z Canuto.

From the first bars of the opener "Playthings Of Luv" to simply beautiful songs like "Simple Guy", "Dondi" or "Smile" to the excellent "Farmer's Wife" this music is full of energetic elegance, the joys of life and of making music . "Maybe it's because I have been a record collector since my youth," said Motta, who now shares his apartment near the botanical gardens of Rio de Janeiro with his wife and about 30,000 records. "Recording in the studio for me is the greatest thing and the most wonderful reason to make music." This becomes obvious on "AOR", too, from the first note to the last.

Ed Motta, the nephew of Brazilian Soul star Tim Maia, also has a few pointers when it comes to prepare for a deservedly stylish listening experience of "AOR": " Before listening to this record, the modus vivendi and the AOR imaginary would put on a Hawaiian shirt la Magnum PI, slip on a pair of loafers with no socks like in Miami Vice, get inside a convertible car and drive by coconut trees at sunset.  Drive through Rio de Janeiro, Los Angeles, Miami, Hawaii. Aloha!"

What are we waiting for?

* "AOR"is released  almost simultaneously in Brazil with Portuguese lyrics