Tag: composition

Paul Motian – A Jazz Perspective

Friday! Today finishes our week of podcast interviews from JazzCorner.com. JazzCorner is a portal for the official websites of hundreds of jazz musicians and organizations. There is a ton of great info you can get to from there, so check them out.

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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Interview with Billy Cobham from Mike Dolbear

More from some of the great Jazz drummers this week. Check out this cool interview with trailblazing drummer and percussionist Billy Cobham from mikedolbear.com. Here Billy talks about Louis Bellson:

Q: I believe that the late great Louis Bellson was one of your tutors. What impact did he have on you as a drummer in terms of technique, attitude, expression and ideas?

A: It’s sad losing him but it was inevitable but what Louis Bellson gave me was latitude. He opened my eyes to many percussion possibilities like multiple bass drum presentation with two bass drums or more. I remember in 1978, he said to me “Well, you know what you got – well, that’s a good thing – now how are you going to use it in other ways?”. He said to come on out back; he had this ranch style home, and he said “Have you ever thought of playing more than two bass drums?” I said “I can’t play one bass drum!”.

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The Peripatetic Benny Golson

This week I’ll be linking to some classic Downbeat interviews. In this 1966 interview with legendary tenor man Benny Golson, Valerie Wilmer asks him about working in Europe, composing, and host of other topics. Here, Golson is very honest about one meeting with the great Clifford Brown:

“When I walked in, everything was very informal. Sonny Rollins and Clifford were leaning against the bandstand, and the music I brought was up on the bar. I was sitting on the bar facing them. The first tune was called ‘Step Lightly,’ and they began to play through the melody. Sonny took the first chorus and played it very well, and then Clifford started to play. His horn was pointing straight at me, about two feet away from my face, and the sound was coming straight at me. And then I got the strangest feeling. I got chill bumps all over my body, and I felt a sort of involuntary nervous reaction. He was playing so much on the horn that I felt like somebody was holding me on the stool. It really frightened me. I got scared, and then when he finished, I didn’t know what to say. I wanted to let him know how much he had impressed me, but it was a little embarrassing for a man to come on like this to another man, you know: ‘You made my heart beat fast’ and so on, so I didn’t say that.

“Instead I said, ‘Clifford, boy, you sure did play.’ And then he said something classic. He said, ‘Oh, I’ll get it the next time.’”

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— Peter Blasevick

Wayne Shorter 1992 Saxophone Journal

The great tenor talks about composition, different makes of horns, and early influences and experiences in this January/February 1992 interview with Mel Martin in The Saxophone Journal.

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