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Marty Morell: A Leader at Last

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Marty Morell recently began his fifth decade on the international jazz scene, but it was only recently that he recorded his first CD as a leader. Best known for his long stint as the drummer in the Bill Evans Trio between 1968 and 1974, after leaving Evans he lived and worked in Toronto for a number of years, playing with a number of Canadian bandleaders and also playing on soundtracks and jingles. Morell has performed on recordings by Henry “Red Allen & Pee Wee Russell, Steve Kuhn, Gabor Szabo, Rob McConnell, Bernie Senensky, Kenny Wheeler, Moe Kauffman and Ed Bickert, ...

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Marty Morell Jazz Quintet: Live

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Drummer Marty Morell may not be a household name to many, but he does hold a significant jazz title as being the longest running member of the Bill Evans trio--for eight years (1968-1975). Although he did work steadily for artists during the 1960s, Morell provided a bridge between Paul Motian and Elliot Zigmund as the drummer in the famed pianist's trio. For the handful of trio albums that Evans made between 1963-1967, he used the services of Shelly Manne, Arnold Wise, Larry Bunker, Paul Motian, and even Jack DeJohnette. Morell's partner with Bill Evans was usually bassist Eddie Gomez.



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