Dwitza is a concept LP from Brazilian star Ed Motta, mixing his unique scat vox with samba, Strata East, Brazilian funk, Steely Dan & European soundtracks
From the Whatmusic press release:
Conceived, rehearsed and arranged over a very brief period at the end of 2001, Ed and his band went into the studio to record an album that evokes the classic period of Strata East, Jackie & Roy, Steely Dan and David Axelrod as well as the sounds and rhythms of his native Brazil. Dwitza showcases well-rehearsed and versed musicians improvising on themes, funky, flowing and tied tight with masterful arrangements and brewed without the studio trickery that most modern day artists need to get their groove going.
Ed Motta has created here a collection of songs that reflect his vast knowledge and taste in the musical works of the late twentieth century and whose inspiration has given them a new form for a new Millennium. One of the lucky few Brazilians to hear the new LP, hot from the mastering press, summed it up: “How great is it, that someone of our generation makes music like this?”‘
Don’t just take their word for it – here’s what Caetano Veloso has to say:
This is a landmark record in the history of our instrumental music – even if one of the principal instruments of the group(s) happens to be Ed’s own voice, singing two songs with (beautiful) lyrics, not to mention the surprise of a ‘false French’ as charming as the wordless ‘false English’ that Ed has used since he was a teenager. There’s the 6/8 beloved of jazz fusion, there’s samba soul, there’s Cassiano and then there’s samba-samba. But for me, the thing I love most about this record is the fact that it evokes, more than anything else, the Joao Donato of Quem é Quem.