Paul Motian

A masterfully subtle drummer and a superb colorist, Paul Motian was also an advanced improviser and a bandleader with a taste for challenging post-bop. Playing with some of the most unique pianists in jazz -- including Thelonious Monk, Paul Bley, and Lennie Tristano -- must have rubbed off on the drummer. Throughout the 1960s and '70s, he was a regular in the trios (and quartets) of Bill Evans, Bley, Mose Allison, and Keith Jarrett. With a style influenced by the impressionistic flair of many of these pianists, he began releasing his own albums like 1974's Tribute on ECM. From the '80s until his death in 2011, Motian led one of the longest-lasting trios in jazz with saxophonist Joe Lovano and guitarist Bill Frisell, the celebrated Paul Motian Trio (collected on 2013's Old & New Masters), as well as another "downtown" ensemble, Paul Motian & the Electric Bebop Band. His own eclectic...

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Albums featuring Paul Motian

23 records