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The Motet

Hailing from Boulder, Colorado, the Motet is a large funk-, jazz- and Afrobeat-influenced ensemble. Formed by drummer and bandleader Dave Watts in 1998, the Motet originally began as a collective with rotating members. However, since the 2000s, the group has remained a core sextet with various lineup changes and Watts as the sole original member. An exuberant, lithe outfit, the Motet is known for their high-energy live shows and cross-pollinated musical sound. It's a sound they've captured on such albums as 1999's Breathe, 2001's Play, 2004's Music for Life, and 2006's Instrumental Dissent. In 2009, they released Dig Deep, which found them incorporating electronics into the mix and covering a handful of songs by Fela Kuti. The band's seventh studio album, 2014's eponymously titled The Motet, featured a more collaborative approach than previous albums. In 2016, they delivered Totem, featuring production from Soulive's Eric Krasno. ~ Matt Collar
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Selected Discography

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Track List: Dig Deep

1. Kalakuta Show

2. Roforofo Fight

3. Nemesis

4. Dig Deep

5. Mighty

6. Push

7. Expensive S**t

8. The Luxury Of Doubt

9. New Old

10. Guru

11. Tonight It Belongs To You

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Track List: Instrumental Dissent

1. Afro Disco Beat

2. Johnny Just Drop

3. Anew

4. Instrumental Dissent

5. Afrotech

6. Music Is The Weapon

7. Slice Of Humanity

8. La Lucha

9. Blowback

10. What Have We Done

11. Old Orchard

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Track List: Music For Life

1. Cheap S**t

2. Power

3. Black Hat

4. The Magic Way

5. Fearless

6. Corpocratic

7. What's The Purpose

8. Them Or Us

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Track List: The Motet Live

1. W.O.W. drums (Live)

2. Know Her (Live)

3. Sandunga (Live)

4. The Archer Or The Arrow (Live)

5. Scribbitts (Live)

6. Foxploration (Live)

7. Rumba Pa Los Santos (Live)

8. Aquelle Esquina (Live)

9. Foxploration II (Live)

10. Belly (Live)

11. S.L.O. Drums (Live)

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Track List: The Motet

1. Like We Own It

2. 123

3. Rynodub

4. Closed Mouth Don't Get Fed

5. Extraordinary High

6. Rich In People

7. The Fountain

8. Knock It Down

9. Keep On Don't Stoppin'

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Track List: Totem

1. The Truth

2. Fool No More

3. Know It Too Well

4. Rippin Herb

5. Damn!

6. Solar Plexus

7. So High

8. Cretan

9. Danger

10. Cloak And Dagger

11. Back It Up

12. Contraband

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ColoRADoooo. . .
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carolspruill 3 1
Wish I could add Turkuaz! Love this!
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The funkiest band ive ever seen at bear creek too in florida
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Summer camp campfire 2014 best set I've ever experienced in my existence by any band! Thank you! Been trying to get you to lincoln, but your manager doesn't like to get back to folks.....
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Saw these guys at Bearcreek. Totally blown away.
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drblk07
saw these guys at Euphoria this past week - they absolutely killed it! they even played a Jamiroquai set
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awesome brooklyn bowl show........ . . . .
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LETS DANCE NOW
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martinwodi
The Motet sounds like Afrobeat King - Fela Anikulapo-Ku t i
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Selected Discography should also include Play. And, yes, these guys, in all their configuratio n s over the years, have a phenomenal groove. Even better live.
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Youi guys are right Garrett Sayers, formaly from Miracle Orchestra is Motet's bass player....fo r rizzle dizzle...... m y nizzle....:- P
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ethantaber
Bio is definitely still in need of an update. Garrett Sayers (bass) and Joey Porter (keys) have both been slaying it with The Motet for a few years now. Check these guys out next time you're in Colorado, or on their upcoming (now rare) dates elsewhere.
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you guys took Desert Rocks and the weather mid morning was gorgeous...e x c e l l e n t jam
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Brendan is correct, this NEEDS to be updated in a major way. There are many line-up changes. Also, Sayers can easily give one goose bumps, he is by far one of my all time favorite bassist. Having attended many of their Halloween sets, I can attest to their magnificence , "Dance Your A** Off"!!!!
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brendan.barr o w s
Bio needs to be updated. Garrett Sayers is the bassist if I'm not mistaken. My first memory being inspired by music was in 5th grade when Garrett came to my school and played with the jazz band. I remember the goose bumps when he stood up and played his solo.
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The Motet is one of the best bands on the planet. check out archives.org for some serious live work from them. They do an entire jamiroquai set, an entire talking heads set, prince set, They have sets doing their music with kyle hollingswort h from cheese. THey are Amazing! enjoy!
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Good stuff. Never heard of these guys before. Good sound.
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So tight, yet so smooth, too good
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Word, Johnny Just Drop is some uber persistent funkiness. I think a whole lot of jam bands are moving everything towards the funky and Latin rhythm.
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wilhartb
I'm totally loving 'Johnny Just Drop'. Wow!
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These guys put on a really good live show.

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