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Paul Bley/Gary Peacock/Paul Motian: When Will the Blues Leave (ECM)

An album’s credits can speak volumes, not just about who plays on a record but how the weight of creation is divided across artists. On When Will the Blues Leave, captured at a 1999 live concert at the Aula Magna di Trevano in Switzerland, the equal billing of Paul Bley, Gary Peacock and Paul Motian … Read More “Paul Bley/Gary Peacock/Paul Motian: When Will the Blues Leave (ECM)”

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Keith Jarrett/Charlie Haden/Paul Motian: Hamburg ’72

Reissues and previously unreleased “vault” recordings are crucial to the jazz record industry. Since the start of the compact disc era in 1983, both have abounded. The steady stream of important previously unreleased old recordings has necessitated a new album designation in the jazz polls: “Historical.” The ECM label has been late getting on this … Read More “Keith Jarrett/Charlie Haden/Paul Motian: Hamburg ’72”

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Johnathan Blake: Gone, But Not Forgotten

Inspired by jazz luminaries who have recently departed, Johnathan Blake’s second album as a leader explores material by Cedar Walton, Jim Hall, Mulgrew Miller, Paul Motian, Frank Foster, Frank Wess and Eddie Harris. The NYC-based, Philly-born drummer also pays tribute to three of Philadelphia’s finest musicians: Charles Fambrough, Trudy Pitts and James “Sid” Simmons, and … Read More “Johnathan Blake: Gone, But Not Forgotten”

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Chick Corea/Eddie Gomez/Paul Motian: Further Explorations

You don’t have to know a lot of jazz history to enjoy Further Explorations, the two-CD live set from Chick Corea, Eddie Gomez and Paul Motian. Anyone can hear the graceful lyricism-not just from the pianist but from the bassist and drummer as well. Anyone can hear how that lyricism is tested again and again … Read More “Chick Corea/Eddie Gomez/Paul Motian: Further Explorations”

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Lee Konitz/Brad Mehldau/Charlie Haden/Paul Motian: Live at Birdland

An early favorite for best live release of 2011, Live at Birdland documents extended improvisations on a half-dozen jazz and pop standards over two nights in December 2009. Lee Konitz, Charlie Haden and Brad Mehldau had done something similar in Los Angeles more than a decade ago, resulting in a pair of albums. This time … Read More “Lee Konitz/Brad Mehldau/Charlie Haden/Paul Motian: Live at Birdland”

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Quick Hits

In a new edition of his Between The Grooves column, jazz musician and writer Philip Booth reviews recent CDs from Dave Holland, Stanton Moore, Paul Motian, Mark O’Connor and Jeff Healey

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