PAUL MOTIAN R.I.P. 1931-2011

November 26, 2011 – 4:35 am

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Poland 1995 [no label, 1CD]

Live at Gdynia Summer Jazz Days, Gdynia, Poland; July 7, 1995. Very good to excellent soundboard.

On November 22, 2011, jazz drummer Paul Motian died at Mount Sinai Hospital in New York City of complications from myelodysplastic syndrome, a bone marrow disorder, said Tina Pelikan, a spokeswoman for ECM Records. He was 80.

In the ’50s, Motian was part of the Bill Evans Trio (he was the drummer on Waltz For Debbie) and, over the years, had a fruitful association with Keith Jarrett, and played with Thelonious Monk, John Coltrane and Stan Getz.

In an email statement, Jarrett said: “Paul was one of a kind: a musicians’ drummer who thought about the music, not just the rhythm, and cast his own sound on everything he played.”

In an article, drummer and Grammy nominee Matt Wilson remembers the late drummer: “As I listened to the Paul Motian Trio with Joe Lovano and Bill Frisell playing It Should Have Happened A Long Time Ago on WKCR today I was reminded of the time my wife Felicia and I went to hear this great trio at the Vanguard. As they played this very song she leaned to me and whispered in my ear, ‘This is the most beautiful music I have ever heard.’ She was right.”

So here’s Motian performing his Broadway tunes. Thanks to the person who shared the tracks on Dime in 2004 and to dsgtrane for keeping the show alive.

These tracks are no longer available for sharing.

Like Someone In Love 16.59 (23.3MB)
How Deep Is The Ocean 8.44 (11.9MB)
Unknown 5.59 (8.2MB)
What Is This Thing Called Love? 8.43 (11.9MB)
My Heart Belongs To Daddy 10.06 (13.8MB)
Body And Soul 10.28 (14.3MB)

Paul Motian - drums
Bill Frisell - guitar
Joe Lovano - sax
Lee Konitz - sax
Marc Johnson - bass

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  1. 10 Responses to “PAUL MOTIAN R.I.P. 1931-2011”

  2. Thanks for posting this-Paul Motian will be missed.

    By Evil dr.Louie on Nov 26, 2011

  3. hey bigo, thanks! will get.

    my friend, bill, gave me this disc in july. motian plays on it. it’s mellow but good. the same bill who’s name is on the disc. check it out.

    bill also plays in this band with my friends jamie saft and mike pride. check them out: sweet is great. i have it.


    By Ed Saad on Nov 26, 2011

  4. a good bill evans that motian plays on is explorations. i have it. how deep is the ocean? is on it. my favorite is waltz for debbie. it was the first bill evans i bought. bill looked like a square, but he could play. he’s on miles-kind of blue.

    there are a couple obscure frisell albums that are good, if one likes him. people may know him from zorn’s band called naked city. one i like is a band he did with melvin gibbs on bass and ronald shannon jackson on drums called power tools. i have it in my library. i used to have michael shrieve-two doors, but i gave it to mary on her b-day. frisell is on part of it.


    By Ed Saad on Nov 26, 2011

  5. Paul Motian with Bill Evans and Scott LaFaro at Village Vanguard in 1961…and in the eternity of Music.Thank You BigO.

    By Enrico on Nov 26, 2011

  6. Thank you for the Paul Motian - great recording with a great supporting cast.

    I’ve been trying without success to figure out what tune they’re playing on track 3. It’s a beautiful melody and undoubtedly it’s a pop standard; I just can’t put my finger on it.

    By MrBill on Nov 27, 2011

  7. RIP to one of the most innovative of all jazz drummers. I especially love Motian’s brushwork and his sense of space. Such a shame that the great trio with Evans and Lafaro was so shortlived.

    By DjM on Nov 28, 2011

  8. Thanks!
    Paul Motian RIP

    By Andrew Sherman on Dec 2, 2011

  9. PS :
    The concert is superb,the group fantastic and the sound incredible,like an official live record.Thank You kindly BigO

    By Enrico on Dec 2, 2011

  10. Maybe track three is “You took the words right out of my mouth”

    By Enrico on Dec 2, 2011

  11. Thanks so much for all the jazz on this site, bigo. This show in particular is a real find.

    By Ken on Jul 24, 2015

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