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Diggin’ deep into the groove

BRECKENRIDGE-With the Motet, anything’s possible.The Motet seems to exist solely to defy musical boundaries, challenge musical categories and breathe life into world influences from Africa, Brazil and Cuba. On any given night, the outfit might take its audience to the clubs of New York City for a taste of James Brown-inspired funk, the streets of the Big Easy for swampy funk or the cities of Cuba to drench the audience in Latin jazz. But there’s one constant: the danceable groove.”Anything’s really possible with our music,” drummer Dave Watts said. “We have a percussionist who’s well-versed in West African music, traditional folkloric Cuban music and Brazilian sambas. We can really dig in deep to it. We’ve really put some effort into understanding the roots of these rhythms. We’ve been to Cuba twice now. It’s important to go to the source. It brings the culture back to its basics: singing, dancing, drumming.”The Motet’s groove-oriented music strikes a balance between extended jams and tight arrangements. In October, the band switched from an equal amount of lyric-driven tunes and instrumentals to nearly all instrumentals when lead singer Jans Ingber left the group.”We realized people really responded to the solos, improvs, instrumentals, experimental grooves and drumming, especially the sambas, West African drum pieces and salsa,” Watts said.Since 1998, the Boulder-based band has been expanding the sounds of West African, Brazilian and Cuban music.Watts brings a seasoned resum to the beat, having played with Keller Williams, Shockra, Skin, Tony Furtado and the Theory of Everything. Raised in New Orleans, percussionist Scott Messersmith adds his extensive study of Cuban, West African and Brazilian rhythms to the mix. Keyboardist Greg Raymond’s hard-hitting jazz and fusion drive the band’s jams to new dimensions, and bassist Garrett Sayers rounds out the low end with outstanding solos and extraordinary bass skills. Texas native Jon Stewart and sax-player Hope Clayborne (of Deep Banana Blackout) spice up the tunes with their horns.With the latest addition, guitarist Mark Donavan and his interest in electronic music, the band has delved into electronic and trance music. Now, the musicians are digging as deep into the groove as they can, melding new sounds with traditional rhythms.The Motet takes time out of its nationwide tour to play at Sherpa & Yeti’s in Breckenridge Thursday.Kimberly Nicoletti can be reached at (970) 668-3998 ext. 245 or by e-mail at knicoletti@summitdaily.com.—Event: The MotetWhen: Thursday, March 6Where: Sherpa & Yeti’s, Breckenridge

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