Paul Motian – A Jazz Perspective

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After his groundbreaking association with Bill Evans, drummer Paul Motian later collaborated with pianists Paul Bley and Keith Jarrett. An eclectic artist, he also worked with Arlo Guthrie including, a stint at Woodstock. Later, Motian become a composer and bandleader, producing a number of well-regarded projects for ECM Records beginning in the 1970s. He had, since the early 1980s, also led a celebrated trio featuring guitarist Bill Frisell and saxophonist Joe Lovano. On November 22, 2011, Paul Motian died at the age of 80 leaving a wealth and breadth of stunning music.

In this quick 2008 piece, Reese Erlich spoke with Motian about playing with Evans, Lovano, and Frisell, his approach to composition, and musical spontaneity.

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