Samuel Blaser/Paul Motian: Consort in Motion

Here, trombonist Samuel Blaser realizes his inspired notion of blending Italian Renaissance and baroque music-madrigals, string quartets, toccatas, Gregorian melodies-with jazz improvisation. He was also wise enough to hire Paul Motian to underscore the proceedings with his signature rubato touch on the kit, which instantly brings a hip sensibility to these ancient melodies. Bassist Thomas Morgan and piano Russ Lossing round out the ensemble on this intriguing, unconventional outing.