Album: Ed Motta, AOR (Membrane)

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Gilles Peterson's favourite Brazilian soul-boy goes all 1970s Steely Dan, with lugubrious horn harmonies and the smooth guitars of Larry Carlton or Jeff "Skunk" Baxter echoed here by Bluey from Incognito and fusion legend David T Walker (a session musician with Stevie Wonder and Marvin Gaye to name two).

Like all Motta's albums it's uneven but one song, "Dondi", is absolutely sublime, distinguished by popping bass and Walker's liquid lines.