Paul Motian

US jazz drummer, percussionist & composer. Born 25 March 1931. Died 22 November 2011
Paul Motian
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1931-03-25
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Paul Motian

Paul Motian Biography (BBC)

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.

Paul Motian Biography (Wikipedia)

Stephen Paul Motian (March 25, 1931 – November 22, 2011) was an American jazz drummer, percussionist, and composer. Motian played an important role in freeing jazz drummers from strict time-keeping duties.

He first came to prominence in the late 1950s in the piano trio of Bill Evans, and later was a regular in pianist Keith Jarrett's band for about a decade (c. 1967–1976). Motian began his career as a bandleader in the early 1970s. Perhaps his two most notable groups were a longstanding trio of guitarist Bill Frisell and saxophonist Joe Lovano, and the Electric Bebop Band which featured the drummer working mostly with younger musicians doing interpretations of bebop standards.

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Geri Allen
Lonely Woman
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Lonely Woman
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Tennessee Waltz
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Tennessee Waltz
Billy Strayhorn
Chelsea Bridge
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Chelsea Bridge
Bill Evans
Autumn Leaves
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Autumn Leaves
Paul Motian
But Not For Me
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But Not For Me
Paul Motian
Folk Song For Rosie
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Folk Song For Rosie
Charlie Haden
Sandino
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Sandino
Paul Bley
Ballade
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Ballade
Bill Evans
Re: Person I Knew
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Re: Person I Knew
Bill Evans
Waltz For Debby (Take 2)
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Waltz For Debby (Take 2)
Bill Evans
Waltz for Debby
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Waltz for Debby
Scott LaFaro
Gloria's Step (Take 2)
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Gloria's Step (Take 2)
Paul Motian
Lullaby of Birdland
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Lullaby of Birdland
Keith Jarrett
Song For Che
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Song For Che
Bill Frisell
Music I Heard
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Music I Heard
George Russell
Concerto for Billy the Kid
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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, Robert Northern & Carla Bley
Song For Che
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Song For Che
Paul Motian
Somewhere Before
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Somewhere Before

Somewhere Before

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Charlie Haden
Keith Jarrett
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Keith Jarrett
Keith Jarrett
Standing Outside
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Standing Outside
Bill Evans
Polka Dots and Moonbeams
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Polka Dots and Moonbeams
Paul Motian
Ch'i Energy
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Ch'i Energy
Paul Motian
The Story of Maryam
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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
Paul Motian
Blue Midnight
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Blue Midnight
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Lost In A Dream
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Lost In A Dream
Paul Motian
Split Decision Composer: Paul Motian
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Split Decision Composer: Paul Motian
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