Motéma Music- 2018




& ANNOUNCES NEW ALBUM LISTEN TO THE MUSIC Premieres Video Series with Buddy Guy Performing His Classic “Skin Deep” Kicking Off Black History Month February 1st


200+ Artists from 25 Countries perform 12 Music Classics, Featuring The Doobie Brothers, Buddy Guy, Warren Haynes, Dr. John, Preservation Hall Jazz Band, Jack Johnson, Bombino, PFC Band, and many more

Playing For Change (PFC), the multimedia company responsible for the popular “Songs Around The World” video series garnering more than 500 million total online views, today announces their fourth and most ambitious album and video series to date, Listen to the Music, presented by nana music and 2seas Sessions, and led by the premiere of “Skin Deep,” which features Buddy Guy along with over 50 musicians uniting in song across America.

Featuring artists such as famed American legends The Doobie Brothers, Buddy Guy, Warren Haynes, Dr. John, Preservation Hall Jazz Band, and more, collaborating alongside street musicians, gospel choirs, an array of international music luminaries (including Tuareg guitarist Bombino, Malian kora master Mamadou Diabaté, Cuban tres player Pancho Amat, and Congo’s legendary TPOK Jazz Band), and the Playing For Change Band, Listen to the Music is part of PFC’s historic “Songs Around The World” series and presents 12 new interpretations of iconic music classics.

Enhancing the multinational flair of the project, each of these artists were filmed recording their parts for each song against scenic backdrops in their home countries, a process that took roughly three years to realize. The result is a compelling series of performance videos in which PFC’s unique global multi-tracking recording process is documented to their most broad-reaching effect so far, featuring over 200 artists of diverse nationalities in 25 countries. The videos will be released once a month beginning Friday, February 2nd, to give a vibrant sense of place to the stunning array of musical traditions that meld seamlessly on these tracks, and providing an inspiring illustration of peaceful worldwide cooperation.


“In a world with so many divisions, we need to create connections. Musical collaboration is the best way to make that happen,” says Mark Johnson, Co-Founder of Playing For Change, who has traveled the world to capture each and every video as part of the series. “No matter how many things in life divide us, they’re just not as strong as the power of music to bring us together. This is music for the world and for the people, and that’s why our project involves so much diversity. It’s really about putting together a context where all these different people around the world can come together in harmony.”

While 100% of PFC’s profits from the Listen to the Music album will be donated to the Playing For Change Foundation, a non-profit educational organization that has opened 15 schools for underprivileged students in far-flung regions, the messaging in the videos and music itself also furthers the organization’s vital missions. The lyrics to the Doobie Brothers’ classic title track serve as a perfect theme song for Playing For Change, promoting world peace achieved through music. The messaging in 84-year-old blues legend and first single Buddy Guy’s “Skin Deep” brings new perspectives to today’s race issues as he collaborates with musicians across America to sing of his experiences in the Jim Crow years, and yet proclaims with love that “underneath we’re all the same.” The video, featuring Tom Morello and the Chicago Children’s Choir, among other artists, is a perfect way to kick off the Listen to the Music video series and celebrate Black History Month.





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David Murray "Blues for Memo"  feat. Saul Williams 
VÖ: 16.02.18
Motéma/ Pias/ Rough Trade
produziert von Brian M. Bacchus (Gregory Porter, John Scofield, Lizz Wright)  & David Murray


David Murray hat eine ziemliche Wegstrecke hinter sich: Kaum einer hat die Verbindungs- und Schleichwege zwischen Avantgarde und Tradition so energisch ausgemessen wie er und dabei ein Profil entwickelt, das ihn unter den Saxofonisten seiner Generation einzigartig macht. 1955 im kalifornischen Berkeley geboren, studierte er zunächst bei Stanley Crouch und Margaret Kohn in Los Angeles, ehe er ab 1975 in New York in verschiedenen Formationen von sich reden machte. Er spielte erst ganz frei im Geiste Albert Aylers mit Don Cherry, Cecil Taylor oder Anthony Braxton, aber bald auch – offen für andere Stile – mit James Blood Ulmer oder Jack de Johnette.
Murray ist Teil des World Saxophone Quartets und war ab den frühen achtziger Jahren Leader eigener Bands. Mit seinem Infinity Quartet nahm er vor zwei Jahren das überraschende und grandios gelungene Album „Be My Monster Love“ mit den Sängern Gregory Porter und Macy Gray auf. Der Saxophonist hat einen nach allen Seiten hin offenen “Jazz-Klassizismus” entwickelt, mit dem er nachhallendste Spuren durch die Jazzgeschichte und seinem afro-amerikanischen Erbe gezogen hat und zieht.

Für sein neustes Projekt "Blues for Memo" stösst der Rapper, Sänger, Schauspieler und Dichter Saul Williams zu Murrays Infinity Quartet. In der Poetry Slam-Szene gross geworden, hat Williams mit seinen Spoken-Word-Alben für Aufsehen gesorgt, kraftstrotzende Mixturen aus HipHop, Punk, Elektro und kickender Lyrik. Murray und Williams – eine explosive Zusammenarbeit zweier Überflieger, die mit ihrer Musik die dringlichen Probleme der Welt zur Sprache bringen möchten.


Jan 30- Feb 3 New York, NY (US) Birdland
Feb 6  Paris (FR) Sons d’Hiver
Feb 7  Montpellier (FR) Jam
Feb 8   Zurich (CH) Moods
Feb 9  Salzburg(AT) Jazzit
Fab 10  Vienna (AT) Porgy & Bess
Feb 13  Stockholm (SE) Fasching
Feb 14  Oslo (NO) Victoria
Feb 15  Helsinki (FI) Selo Hall
Feb 16  Bergen (NO) Sardinen
Feb 17  Goteborg (SE) Nefertiti


1. Kush
2. A Minor of Youth
3. Cycles and Seasons
4. Blues for Memo
5. Obe
6. Citizens
7. Positive Messages
8. Red Summer
9. Enlightenment
10. Deep in Me
11. Music of the Mind
12. Forever Brothers


David Murray – saxophone
Orrin Evans – piano
Nasheet Waits – drums
Jaribu Shahid- bass
Saul Williams– poetry, spoken word
Craig Harris– trombone
Pervis Evans – vocals
Jason Moran– fender rhodes piano
Aytac Dogan- kanun
Mingus Murray – guitar

JOEY. MONK. LIVE!      VÖ: 01.12.2017

Recorded at Jazz At Lincoln Center, Celebrating Monk’s Legacy


14-year-old pianist and three-time GRAMMY® nominee Joey Alexander will release, Joey.Monk.Live! on Motéma Music, in honor of jazz icon Thelonious Monk’s 100th Birthday. 

Joey routinely cites Monk as his greatest influence. This trio project, recorded live at Jazz at Lincoln Center in June 2017, features fresh arrangements of seven iconic Monk compositions. There are five stellar trio tracks – “Evidence,” “Ugly Beauty,” “Rhythm-A- Ning,” “Epistrophy,” and “Straight No Chaser” – featuring bassist Scott Colley and drummer Willie Jones III, as well as a pair of imaginative and lyrical solo excursions on, “Round Midnight,” and “Pannonica.”


The weight of Monk’s influence is evident in elements of Joey’s unique piano style, his thoughtful approach to Monk classics on his first two albums, My Favorite Things (2015) and Countdown (2016), and in the growing body of compelling Joey Alexander originals, three of which were featured on his prior albums, with six more to be unveiled when his third studio album is released in 2018.

“Thelonious Monk taught me to groove, bounce, understand space, be patient, be simple, sometimes be mysterious but, most of all, to be joyful,” reflects Joey. “In my arrangements, I tried to stay true to the essence of his music – to treat it with the highest level of respect. Thelonious Monk’s music is the essence of beauty.”   Joey Alexander


About Joey Alexander
Since coming to the United States in 2014, the response to Joey has been astonishing. The Bali-born 14-year old has experienced one of the most rapidly ascendant careers in jazz history. Since releasing his chart-topping albums, My Favorite Things (2015) and Countdown (2016), Joey has earned a combined three GRAMMY® Award nominations, making him the youngest jazz artist ever nominated for a GRAMMY® Award. His musical adroitness earned him appearances on the GRAMMY® Awards, The Today Show, CNN, as well as CBS 60 Minutes profile by Anderson Cooper, fueling a rare level of public notoriety for Joey as a jazz musician, both within the jazz community and among the public at large.


“[Joey Alexander is] On his way to becoming one of the greatest jazz artists of our time.” — Lester Holt, The Today Show



1. Round Midnight

2. Evidence

3. Ugly Beauty

4. Rhythm-a-Ning

5. Epistrophy

6. Straight No Chaser

7. Pannonica


Joey Alexander piano

Scott Colley bass

Willie Jones III drums



Arturo O’Farrill & Chucho Valdes ‘Familia’- VÖ: 27.10.2017

On this album, jazz greats Arturo O’Farrill and Chucho Valdés craft a brilliant tribute not only to their fathers but also to the next generation, who will carry forward their legacy. The album brings together two influential families in Afro-Cuban music in a celebration of their late patriarchs: pianist, composer, arranger and bandleader Bebo Valdés and composer, arranger and bandleader Chico O´Farrill. It’s a multi-generational tribute led by O’Farrill and Valdés — Bebo and Chico’s sons, and major figures in their own right — which also features the next generation, including pianist Leyanis Valdés, drummer Jessie Valdés, trumpeter Adam O’Farrill and drummer Zack O’Farrill.




1. BeboChicoChuchoTuro
2. Three Revolutions
3. Ecuacion
4. Tema De Bebo
5. Pianitis
6. Fathers, Mothers, Sons, Daughters
7. Run and Jump
8. Recuerdo
9. Gonki Gonki
10. Pura Emocion
11. Para Chico
12. Con Poco Coco
13. Raja Ram (featuring Anoushka Shankar)






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Mark Guiliana Jazz Quartet "Jersey"- VÖ: 14.10.2017

Mark Guiliana is one of the world’s leading drummers, admired for his rhythmic sophistication, creative impulse and individual sound. Guiliana’s newest album as a leader with the Mark Guiliana Jazz Quartet, Jersey is his personal statement −a tribute to his home− his center of gravity and geographical roots.

Jersey features Guiliana's compelling Jazz Quartet, with saxophonist Jason Rigby, pianist Fabian Almazan and bassist Chris Morrissey. It’s the much-anticipated second album from The Mark Guiliana Jazz Quartet, following up 2015’s Family First (and its companion release, Family First: The Alternate Takes).

Mark Guiliana has become recognized as one of the world’s leading drummers, admired and in demand across the spectrum from jazz to rock to electronic music for his rhythmic sophistication, creative impulse and individual sound. He has been in the vanguard of drummers creating a new vernacular on the instrument, blending virtuosity on acoustic drums with artfully deployed electronic beats and processing. Guiliana was chosen as Best Jazz Drummer in the Modern Drummer Readers Poll 2017, while DownBeat dubbed him a Rising Star in its Critics Poll. JazzTimes aptly proclaimed: “Guiliana, a technical master with a rare sense of musicality, has over the past decade become one of the most influential drummers of his generation.” Along with leading his own groups – the acoustic Mark Guiliana Jazz Quartet and electronica-minded Beat Music – the drummer has appeared on a string of acclaimed recordings with others. The verve and precision of Guiliana’s drumming was a primer mover of Blackstar, David Bowie’s multiple Grammy Award-winning final album. Guiliana teamed with keyboardist Brad Mehldau as the duo Mehliana for the Nonesuch release Taming the Dragon, and he has also collaborated with such artists as saxophonist Donny McCaslin, guitar hero John Scofield, Soundgarden/Pearl Jam drummer-songwriter Matt Cameron, neo-soul singer-songwriter Meshell Ndegeocello, guitarist-vocalist Lionel Loueke, jazz bassist Avishai Cohen, reggae/hip-hop artist Matisyahu and jazz singer Gretchen Parlato.




Motéma Music- 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)