Motian Sickness: For the Love of Sarah

Earlier in 2011, guitarist Joel Harrison addressed the inherent melodicism of drummer Paul Motian’s singular compositions with his String Choir project. Now, D.C.-based drummer (and former JT staffer) Jeff Cosgrove has put together his own paean to Motian with this flexible quartet featuring Mat Maneri on viola, Jamie Masefield on mandolin and John Hébert on bass. Together they explore the mystery of beautifully melancholy numbers like “Conception Vessel” and “Arabesque” while achieving a loose-tight chemistry on turbulent freebop romps (“Dance” and “The Storyteller”) and spacious rubato pieces (“From Time to Time” and “The Owl of Cranston”).