Paul Motian

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Paul Motian would be a legendary drummer if just for his membership in the 1959-61 Bill Evans Trio that featured bassist Scott LaFaro. But there is much more to his musical legacy than that one association. Born in Philadelphia in 1931, Motian started on the drums when he was 12. An early gig saw him touring New England with a swing band. After a stint in the Navy during the Korean War, he moved to New York in 1955. Motian had a variety of high-profile jobs, including stays with Thelonious Monk, George Russell, Lennie Tristano and Coleman Hawkins. While with the Tony Scott Quartet, Motian got along well with the other players: Evans and LaFaro. The Bill Evans Trio formed out of that group and made history with their subtle interplay. After LaFaro’s tragic death in a car accident, Motian stayed with Evans to 1963, playing in the trio that also featured bassist Chuck Israels. He next worked with Paul Bley in a trio that extended the innovations of Evans. Motian was associated with Keith Jarrett, with whom he first played in 1967, throughout much of the 1970s, working and recording with Jarrett’s Quintet, which also featured Dewey Redman and Charlie Haden. Motian also freelanced, including jobs with Warne Marsh, Don Cherry, Mose Allison, Carla Bley, Charlie Haden’s Liberation Music Ensemble and Charles Lloyd. He made his recording debut as a leader in 1972 (Conception Vessel) and recorded frequently for ECM during the next decade and later for Soul Note, JMT and Winter & Winter. Motian had a trio with Bill Frisell and Joe Lovano in the early 1980s. He has also led the Electric Bebop Band (with Joshua Redman, Chris Potter, Chris Cheek or Tony Malaby on saxophones) and several different ensembles that usually included Frisell’s guitar, which often took the place of both piano and bass. In addition, he has worked as a sideman with Marilyn Crispell, Lee Konitz and Leni Stern. Paul Motian’s floating and subtle style of drumming implies rather than states the time and has become quite influential.

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09/28/13    Albums    By Thomas Conrad

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05/27/13    Features    By Jeff Tamarkin

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03/25/13    Artist's Choice    By Joe Lovano

Artist's Choice: Joe Lovano on Paul Motian

02/22/13    News    By Jeff Tamarkin

Paul Motian Tribute Set for NYC March 22

03/28/12    Albums    By Geoffrey Himes

Further Explorations
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03/18/12    Farewells    By Joe Lovano

Joe Lovano Remembers Paul Motian

03/17/12    Farewells    By Bill Frisell

Bill Frisell Remembers Paul Motian

03/15/12    JT Notes    By Evan Haga

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01/15/12    The Gig    By Nate Chinen

2011: The Year in Gigs

12/28/11    Albums    By Colin Fleming

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07/20/11    Albums    By Bill Milkowski

Consort in Motion
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07/20/11    Albums    By Bill Milkowski

Consort in Motion
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05/17/11    Albums    By Bill Beuttler

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March 2011    Albums    By Mike Shanley

String Choir: The Music of Paul Motian
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04/20/10    Between The Grooves    By Philip Booth

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January/February 2009    Critics Picks    By JazzTimes

2008 Year in Review: Top 50 CDs

11/04/08    Concerts    By David R. Adler

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November 2008    JT Notes    By Evan Haga

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November 2008    Albums    By Steve Greenlee

Live at the Village Vanguard, Vol. II
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03/10/08    Concerts    By Bill Milkowski

Dennis Irwin Benefit Concert

January/February 2008    The Gig    By Nate Chinen

2007: The Year in Gigs

November 2007    Albums    By Brent Burton

Live at the Village Vanguard Volume I
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November 2007    Features    By Josef Woodard

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November 2007    Albums    By Mike Joyce

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08/24/07    Concerts    By Josef Woodard

Paul Bley, Gary Peacock and Paul Motian

July/August 2007    JT Notes    By Evan Haga

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July/August 2007    Features    By Evan Haga

Paul Motian, Bill Frisell and Joe Lovano: Trio In Motian

May 2007    Albums    By Chris Kelsey

Time and Time Again
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January/February 2007    The Gig    By Nate Chinen

The Year in Gigs

December 2006    Guitartistry    By David R. Adler

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December 2006    Guitartistry    By David R. Adler

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December 2006    The Gig    By Nate Chinen

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November 2006    Albums    By Aaron Steinberg

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November 2006    Albums    By Bill Milkowski

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10/23/06    Concerts    By David R. Adler

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09/11/06    Concerts    By Evan Haga

Paul Motian, Joe Lovano, Bill Frisell

06/21/06    Concerts    By Bill Milkowski

Sweet Lorraine: A Jazz Celebration for the Village Vanguard

May 2006    Albums    By Brent Burton

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May 2006    Albums    By Brent Burton

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December 2005    Albums    By Thomas Conrad

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December 2005    Albums    By Thomas Conrad

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November 2005    Albums    By Thomas Conrad

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November 2005    Albums    By Thomas Conrad

Goodbye
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July/August 2005    Albums    By Aaron Steinberg

Special Encounter
Enrico Pieranunzi, Charlie Haden, Paul Motian

July/August 2005    Albums    By Aaron Steinberg

Special Encounter
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March 2005    Albums    By Nate Chinen

I Have the Room Above Her
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March 2005    Albums    By Nate Chinen

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January/February 2005    The Gig    By Nate Chinen

The Year in Gigs

January/February 2005    Albums    By Thomas Conrad

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January/February 2005    Albums    By Thomas Conrad

Play Morricone 2
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December 2002    Albums    By Mike Shanley

Holiday for Strings
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November 2001    Features    By Bill Shoemaker

Paul Motian: Europe in Motian

10/15/01    Concerts    By Bill Milkowski

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June 2001    Albums    By Graham Lock

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January/February 2000    Albums    By Duck Baker

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October 1999    Albums    By Duck Baker

Not Two, Not One
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October 1999    Albums    By Duck Baker

Not Two, Not One
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September 1999    Albums    By Bill Milkowski

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June 1999    Label Watch    By Josef Woodard

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March 1999    Albums    By Harvey Pekar

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