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Paul Motian
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1931-03-25
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Biography

Although he studied drums in the Navy School of Music in Washington, there has never been anything militaristic about Motian's prolific work as a jazz drummer. In the mid-1950s, he played with a host of jazz stars including Stan Getz, ...

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Biography

Although he studied drums in the Navy School of Music in Washington, there has never been anything militaristic about Motian's prolific work as a jazz drummer. In the mid-1950s, he played with a host of jazz stars including Stan Getz, George Russell and Thelonious Monk, but his major association was with pianist Bill Evans, both in Evans's trio and as a member of other groups, such as the quartet led by clarinettist Tony Scott.

With Bill Evans, he developed a way of playing that mirrored the pianist's phrasing and approach, often abandoning aspects of the drummer's traditional time-keeping role. He went on to prove that he is one of the finest trio drummers in jazz history, working with the free-jazz influenced group of Paul Bley and the more wide-ranging Keith Jarrett Trio.

During the decade he played with Jarrett (1967-76), Motian developed a particular rapport with bassist Charlie Haden, in whose own groups he toured and recorded from time to time, from the 1960s to the 1990s.

From the late 1970s, Motian has mainly fronted his own groups, ranging from the excitement of his Electric Bebop Band (which pitted two guitarists against a saxophone player, backed by bass and drums) to more conventional jazz trios and quartets. His lomg-standing trio with saxophonist Joe Lovano and guitarist Bill Frisell is particularly noteworthy.


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Paul Motian, Paul Motian, Brad Mehldau, Brad Mehldau, Charlie Haden, Charlie Haden & Lee Konitz
Lullaby Of Birdland
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Lullaby Of Birdland Lullaby Of Birdland Lullaby Of Birdland Lullaby Of Birdland
Keith Jarrett
Song For Che
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Song For Che Song For Che Song For Che Song For Che
Bob Stewart, Jerome Harris, Paul Motian, Kenny Wheeler, Bill Frisell & Bill Frisell
Music I Heard
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Music I Heard Music I Heard Music I Heard Music I Heard
George Russell, Bill Evans, Art Farmer, Hal McKusick, Barry Galbraith, Milt Hinton & Paul Motian
Concerto for Billy the Kid
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Concerto for Billy the  Kid Concerto for Billy the  Kid Concerto for Billy the  Kid Concerto for Billy the  Kid
Scott LaFaro, Bill Evans, Bill Evans & Paul Motian
Waltz For Debby (Take 2)
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Waltz For Debby (Take 2) Waltz For Debby (Take 2) Waltz For Debby (Take 2) Waltz For Debby (Take 2)
Bill Evans, Paul Motian, Art Farmer, George Russell, George Russell, Milt Hinton, Hal McKusick & Barry Galbraith
Concerto for Billy the Kid
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Concerto for Billy the Kid Concerto for Billy the Kid Concerto for Billy the Kid Concerto for Billy the Kid
Don Cherry, Gato Barbieri, Howard Johnson, Paul Motian, Roswell Rudd, Charlie Haden, Charlie Haden, Sam Brown, Dewey Redman, Perry Robinson, Michael Mantler, Andrew Cyrille, Bob Northern & Carla Bley
Song For Che
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Song For Che Song For Che Song For Che Song For Che
Paul Motian, Charlie Haden, Keith Jarrett & Keith Jarrett
Somewhere Before
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Somewhere Before Somewhere Before Somewhere Before Somewhere Before
Keith Jarrett
Standing Outside
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Standing Outside Standing Outside Standing Outside Standing Outside
Bill Evans, Paul Motian & Chuck Isreals
Polka Dots and Moonbeams
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Polka Dots and Moonbeams Polka Dots and Moonbeams Polka Dots and Moonbeams Polka Dots and Moonbeams
Paul Motian
Ch'i Energy
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Ch'i Energy Ch'i Energy Ch'i Energy Ch'i Energy
Paul Motian
The Story of Maryam
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The Story of Maryam The Story of Maryam The Story of Maryam The Story of Maryam
Paul Motian
It Should've Happened A Long Time Ago
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It Should've Happened A Long Time Ago It Should've Happened A Long Time Ago It Should've Happened A Long Time Ago It Should've Happened A Long Time Ago
Paul Motian
Blue Midnight
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Blue Midnight Blue Midnight Blue Midnight Blue Midnight
Paul Motian
Lost In A Dream
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Lost In A Dream Lost In A Dream Lost In A Dream Lost In A Dream
Paul Motian
Split Decision Composer: Paul Motian
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Split Decision Composer: Paul Motian Split Decision Composer: Paul Motian Split Decision Composer: Paul Motian Split Decision Composer: Paul Motian
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