Motema- summer 2017


Music giants Jack DeJohnette, Larry Grenadier, John Medeski, and John Scofield, join forces in the electrifying new jazz-meets-rock supergroup, Hudson. Inspired by the beauty and spirit of their home region, New York’s Hudson River Valley, these famed improvisers bring fresh dimensions to Woodstock associated classics by Bob Dylan, Joni Mitchell, Jimi Hendrix and The Band and as well as compelling original compositions. The music also celebrates NEA Jazzmaster Jack DeJohnette’s 75th birthday.

 


For his 30th Anniversary as a recording artist, Charnett Moffett delivers a far-reaching set of his distinctly original jazz featuring an all-star cast of long-time collaborators from his distinguished career. All music and arrangements by Charnett Moffett except So What? by Miles Davis and Mood Indigo by Duke Ellington.

Featured artists (in varying trios and quartets) : Pharoah Sanders (tenor sax), Stanley Jordan (guitar and piano), Cyrus Chestnut (piano and keyboards), Jeff "Tain" Watts (drums), Victor Lewis (drums), Mike Clark (drums)


On Chroma, his third album as a leader and Motéma Music debut, Klampanis explores the colors of human character, inspired by world events and personal experience. Chroma, the Greek word for “color,” masterfully employs a full spectrum of sonic colors to paint an introspective and emotionally daring artistic statement. His first large ensemble project melds the animated expressions of the composer’s jazz quintet (piano, bass, drums, guitar and percussion) complemented by lush, classically-arranged strings to create a near symphonic work of modern jazz.


GRAMMY-nominated pianist and composer Gerald Clayton melds together diverse inspirations to create an interconnected musical narrative that resonates with modern styles as boldly as it evokes classic and timeless sounds.

To record Tributary Tales, Clayton assembled a group of artists both new and familiar, each of whom brings additional, unique influences and experiences to the music. Saxophonists Logan Richardson, Ben Wendel and Dayna Stephens, bassist Joe Sanders, drummer Justin Brown and percussionists Henry Cole and Gabriel Lugo join guest vocalist Sachal Vasandani and poets Carl Hancock Rux and Aja Monet to bring life to Clayton’s range of alluring compositions.


With a constantly evolving sound that incorporates electronic music, rock and hip-hop, the GRAMMY-nominated quintet bring raw energy, churning backbeats, and unrestrained exploration to their Motema debut, Anti-Hero.

Ben Wendel (sax), Shane Endsley (trumpet), Adam Benjamin (keyboard), Kaveh Rastegar (bass), Nate Wood (drums)