Though his spot in the pantheon is secure-drumming for Thelonious Monk and Bill Evans will do that for you-Paul Motian has never been one to rest on his laurels. Earlier this year, his bass-less trio with Bill Frisell and Joe Lovano released Time and Time Again, the excellent follow-up to its acclaimed ECM comeback, 2005’s I Have the Room Above Her. Both his guitar-centric “Band” and trio with Frisell and Ron Carter released albums in 2006 (Garden of Eden and Bill Frisell, Ron Carter, Paul Motian, respectively). And Motian has been busy as a sideman, as well, recording recent albums with Enrico Rava, Bobo Stenson and Anat Fort.
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