Emotional Dance Andrea Motis

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Label: Impulse! Records

Genre: Jazz

Subgenre: Modern Jazz

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  • 1He's Funny That Way04:50
  • 2I Didn't Tell Them Why02:30
  • 3Matilda06:52
  • 4Chega De Saudade05:48
  • 5If You Give Them More Than You Can04:05
  • 6Never Will I Marry03:19
  • 7Emotional Dance04:33
  • 8You'd Be So Nice To Come Home To04:21
  • 9La Gavina04:46
  • 10Baby Girl04:23
  • 11Save The Orangutan04:00
  • 12I Remember You04:31
  • 13Señor Blues03:49
  • 14Louisiana O Els Camps De Coto04:38
  • Total Runtime01:02:25

Info for Emotional Dance

After recording six acclaimed albums with bassist Joan Chamorro, Barcelona-based trumpeter, singer and composer Andrea Motis makes her solo debut on Impulse! Records with Emotional Dance. The astonishing accord that she’s cultivated with Chamorro during the past seven years is firmly intact on Emotional Dance. The sterling performances features him as well as pianist Ignasi Terraza, drummer Esteve Pi, guitarist Josep Traver as the core ensemble. Like with Chamorro, Motis has recorded and toured consistently with these musicians.

Chamorro coproduced Emotional Dance with Brian Bacchus and Jay Newland. Through Bacchus and Universal Records’ A&R director Jean-Philippe Allard’s sage suggestion, Motis augmented the personnel with a handful of U.S.-based musicians – vibraphonist Warren Wolf, accordionist Gil Goldstein, baritone saxophonist Scott Robinson, percussionist Café Da Silva. Three tunes also features the famed American tenor saxophonist Joel Frahm, who’d worked with Motis and Chamorro before. “We invited [Joel] to play with us in Barcelona in 2016. He was so amazing that we knew we wanted him for this album,” Motis enthuses.

Even though, Motis is only 21-years-old, she displays a mature musicality beyond her years. That’s because she began playing the trumpet at age seven; three years later she began studying jazz at the Municipal School of Music of Sant Andreu under Chamorro, who soon after recruited her for his band while she was still a teenager. While at the school, she was also a member of the Sant Andreu Jazz Band for nine years with which she recorded eight discs and played with such acclaimed musicians as trombonist Wycliffe Gordon, saxophonist Jesse Davis, clarinetist Bobby Gordon, and saxophonist Dick Oatts, among others. In addition to trumpet, Motis plays alto saxophone. But it was with Chamorro’s band that she began singing. “The trumpet will always be my first instrument,” Motis says when asked if she likes being a singer or an instrumentalist the most. “Playing the trumpet is like mediating; it’s such a part of my life. But I never want to choose just one side of my artistic sides because I love doing them all.”

On Emotional Dance, Motis’ singing mostly takes center stage. She possesses an alluring, supple alto. With its subtle vibrato and her succinct phrasing, Motis’ singing has drawn comparisons to such stylists as Billie Holiday and Norah Jones. Her vocal prowess reveals itself immediately on Charles Daniels and Richard Whiting’s classic, “He’s Funny That Way,” which opens the disc. Perhaps, it’s no coincidence that the jazz standard has long been associated with Lady Day; Motis and her ensemble certainly do the composition justice by underscoring it with a quintessential swing-era shuffle that paves the way for an absorbing solo from Robinson. Motis follows his lead by blowing a delightful trumpet solo that accentuates her citrus tone and her assured sense of melodic swing.

Motis sees Emotional Dance as an extension and evolution of her work with Chamorro. Like their previous efforts, the new album contains it fair share of jazz standards. In addition to “He’s Funny That Way,” Motis delivers captivating renditions of Franck Loesser’s “Never Will I Marry,” Cole Porter’s “You’d Be So Nice To Come Home To,” Eddie Jefferson’s “Baby Girl,” Johnny Mercer’s “I Remember You,” Horace Silver’s “Señor Blues,” and Antonio Carlos Jobim and Vinicius De Moraes’ “Chega de Saudade.”

Emotional Dance reveals some of Motis’ artistic growth with the presence of Frederico Sires Puig’s “La Gavina,” Els Amics de les Arts’ “Louisiana O Els Camps De Cotó,” and Perico Sambeat’s “Matlida.” On all three tunes Motis sings in Catalan – a first for her on disc. The latter tune even features Sambeat on a billowing soprano saxophone accompaniment and solo.

Also for the first time, Motis exhibits her gifts as composer. She penned three of Emotional Dance’s 13 songs. The first song she composed for the disc was “If You Give More Than You Can,” a poignant ballad containing heartfelt lyrics about being overwhelmed with multiple responsibilities. Her ebullient, “I Didn’t Tell Them Why” shows Motis’ friskier side as she sings about keeping a blossoming romance on the down low, while her swaggering hard-bop instrumental, “Save the Orangutan” best illustrates her command and improvisation heft on the trumpet as she shares the frontline with Frahm.

As for the sparkling title track, Terraza wrote it several years ago as an instrumental. Motis wasn’t even aware of Terraza’s compositional abilities until she heard the song on the radio. “We thought that the title of that song was very representative of the feeling that we had during the making of this first album for Impulse! Records,” Motis says. “The title conveys all the positive changes and new directions we’ve taken with my music while acknowledging that things are moving forward in the right direction.”

Andrea Motis, vocals, trumpet
Joan Chamorro, double bass, tenor saxophone, flute, vocals
Ignasi Terraza, piano
Josep Traber, guitar, vocals
Esteve Pi, drums
Scott Robinson, baritone saxophone
Joel Frahm, tenor saxophone
Perico Sambeat, soprano- and alto saxophone
Gil Goldstein, accordion
Warren Wolf, marimba, vibes
Cafe Da Silva, percussion

Andrea Motis
Jazzmusiker, die mit 21 Jahren schon einen so beeindruckenden Lebenslauf vorweisen können wie Andrea Motis, kann man an einer Hand abzählen. Bereits auf über einem Dutzend Alben hat sie ihre Talente bisher demonstriert. Entweder in gemeinsamen Projekten mit ihrem Lehrer und Mentor Joan Chamorro oder in von diesem geleiteten Bands. Seit sie als Siebenjährige das erste Mal eine Trompete in die Hand nahm, entwickelte sich Andrea Motis rasant. Als sie Quincy Jones, der von Haus selbst Trompeter ist, 2011 beim Festival de Castell de Peralada in Nordkatalonien mit der Jugendjazzband der Sant-Andreu-Musikhochschule hörte, war er so begeistert, dass er Andrea später beim Auftritt mit seinen Global Gumbo All Stars zu sich auf die Bühne holte. Nun ist für die junge Musikerin endlich der Zeitpunkt gekommen, das Nest der Sant Andreu Jazz Band zu verlassen und ins Rampenlicht zu treten.

Mit "Emotional Dance" legt sie ihr erstes Soloalbum vor, auf dem sie wechselweise in Englisch, Katalanisch und Portugiesisch singt und natürlich Trompete spielt. Aufgenommen hat sie es in New York mit spanischen (u.a. Perico Sambeat) und US-amerikanischen Musikern (Gil Goldstein, Warren Wolf, Scott Robinson und Joel Frahm) unter der Regie der beiden erfahrenen Produzenten Jay Newland und Brian Bacchus (Norah Jones, Gregory Porter u.a.). Dabei packt sie auch gleich die Gelegenheit beim Schopf, sich mit fünf eigenen Stücken als Komponistin vorzustellen. Ihren katalonischen Wurzeln huldigt sie durch Interpretationen der Sardana "La gavina" (eine katalanische Volkstanzmusik, die unter Diktator Franco lange Zeit verboten war) und des Songs "Louisiana o els camps de cotó" der Neo-Folk-Pop-Band Els Amics de les Arts.

Der musikalische Werdegang von Andrea Motis ist eng verbunden mit der städtischen Musikhochschule in Sant Andreu, einem Stadtteil von Barcelona, die als lokale Talentschmiede mittlerweile internationalen Ruhm erworben hat. Unter der Obhut des Bassisten und Saxophonisten Joan Chamorro stieg Andrea dort schnell zur Lead-Trompeterin des Jugendjazzorchesters auf. Mit dem Ensemble, dem als Gitarristin, Banjo- und Ukulelespielerin inzwischen auch ihre drei Jahre jüngere Schwester Carla angehört, machte sie 2009 als 14-Jährige ihre ersten Aufnahmen. Ein Jahr später folgte das Album "Joan Chamorro presenta Andrea Motis". Als ihre größten Einflüsse nennt Andrea Louis Armstrong und Chet Baker. Ihre Stimme wiederum wird - nicht zuletzt wegen ihres erstaunlich lässigen Timings - oft mit der von Norah Jones verglichen. Bevor Andrea Motis für die Aufnahmen von "Emotional Dance" ins Studio ging, begleitete sie mit ihrem Quintett - bestehend aus Pianist Ignasi Terraza, Gitarrist Josep Traver, Bassist und Saxophonist Joan Chamorro sowie Schlagzeuger Esteve Pi - den Buena Vista Social Club bei seiner Abschiedstournee durch Nordamerika.

Booklet for Emotional Dance

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